ISSP: An Experiment in Multi-Systemic Responses to Persistent Young Offenders Known to Children's Services

Posted: 16 Jul 2008

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Michael Little

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joseph Kogan

Lehman Brothers, New York

Roger Bullock

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter Van Der Laan

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 2004

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Little, Michael and Kogan, Joseph and Bullock, Roger and Van Der Laan, Peter, ISSP: An Experiment in Multi-Systemic Responses to Persistent Young Offenders Known to Children's Services (March 2004). The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 44, Issue 2, pp. 225-240, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1160518

Michael Little

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joseph Kogan

Lehman Brothers, New York ( email )

745 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
United States

Roger Bullock

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Peter Van Der Laan

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

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