Wakefield Youth Offending Team is made up of Social Workers, Police Officers, Probation Officers, Youth Support Workers and Specialists in Restorative Justice, Health, Education, Parenting and Substance Misuse.
The Team works with children and young people aged 10 – 17 and their families to prevent offending. When a young person is given an Out of Court disposal or are sentenced in the Youth Court/Crown Court a YOT worker will complete an assessment and then a bespoke intervention plan based on the young person’s strengths and assessed risk will be agreed with them and their family/carer. These interventions will challenge criminal activity and anti-social behaviour and support young people to take personal responsibility for their behaviour. Appropriate referrals are made to other agencies and services to provide specialist interventions to meet the young person’s needs and promote positive outcomes for them, their family and community.
The Team provides services across the whole of the Wakefield District and has responsibility for:
- Ensuring young people who offend are dealt with swiftly and in a manner that is proportionate to their offending behaviour
- Assessing young people and reviewing this on a regular basis in line with national standards
- Delivering all community supervision interventions in line with National Standards, risk led practice and the Key Elements of Effective Practice
- Working in partnership with other professionals to deliver programmes of supervision that address risk factors and build on protective factors
- Ensuring that Courts are provided with high quality services and reports to enable them to make informed, balanced decisions when sentencing
- Ensuring that victims directly affected by crime are given opportunities for involvement in restorative practice and those communities directly affected by crime benefit from the efforts of young people in ‘making amends’ for any harm they have caused
- Ensuring that young people, where appropriate, are assessed and diverted from the criminal justice system.
- Ensuring that appropriate referrals are made for high risk cases through the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and Integrated Offender Management teams.
- The YOT works with the wider community through community payback and volunteering arrangements with a focus on reassuring communities and strengthening community cohesion.