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Controversial plan to help youth offenders gain employment

TOM ELLIOTT

A plan to help youth offenders get jobs is dividing opinions.

Chief Police Commissioner Graham Ashton wants to explore ways to persuade employers to take on young offenders with criminal records.

And Carmel Guerra from the Centre for Multicultural Youth is on board.

The CMY offers, among other services, pathways to get marginalised youths into employment.

“Giving young people who are feeling locked out of society a job is one way of making them feel part of society and giving them a constructive role,” Ms Guerra told Tom Elliott on Thursday.

But Tom said businesses, particularly small businesses, might not be able to afford the risk.

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TOM ELLIOTT
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