Pictured: (From left) Mac Heath - Director of Children’s Services, Diz Minnitt – Youth Offending Service Manager and Caroline Marriott – Head of Delivery for SEN and Disability
A City Council team that works with young people in or at risk of entering the justice system, has been recognised with a national award.
The team was praised in the Youth Justice SEND Awards for not only identifying children with special educational needs (SEN), but for the follow-up support and proactive work that prevents young people going on to commit crimes.
By working with specialist speech and language therapists, schools, youth workers and the police, the team has made a huge impact on local reoffending rates – just 3.3% of the children they work with through their Early Support Project go on to reoffend, compared to national statistics of 32%.
Their day-to-day work is focused on supporting children and young people who are at risk of being involved in offending, by understanding their needs, interests, and aspirations - helping them to work towards a positive future. They work with young people and their families to address any difficulties around access to education, employment, and training. They also provide important links to universal and mental health support.