ISSP. An experiment in multi-systemic responses to persistent young offenders known to children's services

ISSP is a multi-systemic intervention for persistent young offenders delivered jointly by police, social services and education. Based on a Netherlands programme, a variation of the approach has been widely adopted in England and Wales. The intervention has seven components including close supervisi...

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Published in:The British journal of criminology
Contributors: Bullock, Roger (Other); Van der Laan, Peter (Other)
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
Published: 2004
In:The British journal of criminology
Year: 2004, Volume: 44, Issue: 2, Pages: 225-240
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Summary:ISSP is a multi-systemic intervention for persistent young offenders delivered jointly by police, social services and education. Based on a Netherlands programme, a variation of the approach has been widely adopted in England and Wales. The intervention has seven components including close supervision by police, family group conferences, multi-agency reviews and opportunities for reparation and mentoring. To qualify, young people need at least three convictions or cautions, to be aged 15-17 and to have experienced custody or a failed community sentence. Candidates were randomly allocated to either ISSP or two control groups. As hypothesized, reconviction rates were unaffected by the intervention but there was a 30 to 50 per cent reduction in the volume of crime committed by ISSP participants. No particular aspect of the programme was associated with success suggesting a general placebo effect. Lessons for the planning and administration of such projects and the need for improved epidemiological data about persistent offenders are indicated
ISSN:0007-0955
DOI:10.1093/bjc/44.2.225