Nottinghamshire’s Youth Justice Service achieves 32% reduction on first time entrants to the youth justice system
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Children and Young Peoples’ committee have presented a new report on their Youth Justice Strategy showcasing positive results including a reduction in reoffending.
The Youth Justice Strategy aims to reduce the number of young people entering the criminal justice system, and to reduce the frequency and rate of re-offending by children and young people who are already within the youth justice system. The strategy also aims to keep the numbers of young people experiencing custody – either on remand or as a sentence of the court - to a minimum.
Over the last year, data shows that performance against these measures has been good. The latest figures show that Nottinghamshire is performing better than the national average. First time entrants to the youth justice system have fallen for the second year in a row, and Nottinghamshire has seen a 32% reduction on last year figures which is below the national average.
The local authority works with partners to prevent offending and reoffending by children and young people and to deliver an effective local youth justice system
Following these positive results, Nottinghamshire County Council will continue to invest in the work of the service. Adjustments will be made to staffing to meet the needs of the service, including the introduction of a new full-time post. The service will spend the next three years focussing on key areas including working with partners, increasing the number of children and young people who are accessing early intervention and ensuring that every child and young person in contact with the service has appropriate education, training and employment provision in place.
Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said:
“I am proud to share the work that has taken place through the Youth Justice Service in developing and delivering this strategy. The outcomes from the last year have been very positive and we will be continuing the work to ensure that we keep seeing these changes and continue to reduce the number of young people entering the youth justice system.
The service is absolutely committed to providing children and young people with the best support available to meet their needs, from early intervention to support when leaving custody. Moving forward, we will be ensuring that we have robust consultation processes in place to enable children and young people, as well as their parents and carers, to shape the service that we provide moving forward.”