Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Screening to 'prevent crime'

The latest from Scotland on the pre-crime agenda:
All five-year-olds should be screened for early signs of offending behaviour to prevent youngsters later becoming criminals under plans put forward by a Scottish Executive-backed expert group. Under the proposals, pre-school services and nursery schools will assess five-year-olds to identify troubled or troublesome families and signs of substance misuse and violence in the home.The aim is to identify vulnerable children early, offer improved support to the family and hopefully turn young people away from crime.

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