Friday, 1 May 2009

Onset More Swivel-Eyed Spawn Surveillance

Somehow this one escaped me: Onset, another government database, which is
an assessment and referral framework designed by the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford...launched in August 2006. It identifies whether a child would benefit from early intervention in order to help prevent him or her offending. Onset also helps to ensure the effectiveness of the intervention in any given case by determining the risk factors that should be reduced and the protective factors that should be enhanced.
(The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach) in Hansard).

The reply continues:
In 2007-08, the first year for which complete data are available, local authorities' youth offending teams reported to the Youth Justice Board that 22,535 children started on diversion programmes, 12,168 of whom then had an Onset assessment. Data on the numbers of children who had an Onset assessment and who subsequently received a custodial sentence are not collected centrally.
No figures, then, to assess how it's working. Very useful.

Other comment: Power to the People.

Also just come across Statebook, which is a site I shall recommend to everybody. If you want to see the range of surveillance to which we're all subjected in everyday life, there's no better place to look.

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