CANW’s Criminal Justice Service provides an Extended Youth Justice Service (EYJS) for Youth Offending teams (YOT). This is aimed at young people aged between 10 -18 years who are in the court system, or have been in the court system and have been given a sentence and a court order.
CANW’s team works with young people to develop personal intervention plans that, not only ensure they comply with their YOT orders, but also enables them to focus on making the right choices through engagement in positive activities; this allows young people to understand the consequences of their previous behaviours and divert them to make positive use of their time. Activities and support may include education, training and employment, social development skills, joining groups or sports teams.
EYJS staff have supported my cases by offering weekend appointments and also facilitation of community reparation. One young man in particular works on a full time basis until after 6pm and unfortunately the YOT operates until before this time. Having EYJS on board has meant that the young person still receives a quality service which does not interfere with his work commitments.
Another three young people who I supervise have a requirement to carry out community reparation and restorative work which again EYJS deliever to a high standard. From speaking with the young people this is something that they also enjoy and feel that they are listened to by staff.
Communication has always been excellent with colleagues from EYJS, de-brief sheets are always sent as soon as possible and likewise new referrals are always acted upon quickly. On a number of occasions I have sent specific work to be completed with young people and where necessary staff from EYJS have contacted me to ensure that they are fully prepared for the session (i.e the outcomes, delivery style etc). Staff have also visited the office to collect materials and speak to me about the intervention. I find the EYJS service essential for young people to be able to complete their statutory Court Orders and I feel it’s a fantastic service.
On another note I recently went on training and was sat with an employee from EYJS, he spoke very highly of his job and his employer and was passionate about the work he was carrying out.
“EYJS worker helped me look for accommodation she has helped me with the consequences of offending. she gave me lots of information and was more helpful than YOT”
‘’We cannot speak highly enough of the level of quality work that EYJS undertakes with young people, it really makes a difference towards positive outcomes for our young people.’’
Programme Supervision and Support that is offered, as required, focusing on issues identified in the Asset – Bail Supervision and Support Profile assessment.
- Education, training and employment
- Social skills development, interpersonal skills
- Physical and mental health
- Substance misuse
- Constructive use of leisure time
- Curfew monitoring
- General offending behaviour
- Support in court attendance
- Support in maintaining accommodation
- Family support
- Support in accessing universal and specialist services as appropriate
For more information about the service please contact:
Faith Marriott MBE CertEd, CMgr | Criminal Justice Group Manager
Tel: 01254 248061 | Mob: 0784 359 7679