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What we do?
Warwickshire Youth Justice Service is a statutory partnership between Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, the National Probation Service and Health. The service works with children who have offended, or are at risk of offending, their parents and families, and the victims of the crimes committed, in order to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and to reduce reoffending.
Getting in touch
We have offices based in the two Justice Centres in Warwickshire and a delivery centre operating from our Bloxham Centre in Rugby.
Preventing crime and anti-social behaviour
We can provide young people with support, so they can avoid getting into trouble with criminal justice agencies. Professionals can make a prevention referral, using the referral form below, if the young person is aged between 8 to 17 years and meets any one of the following:-
- There are concerns that the young person is at risk of committing a crime
- There are concerns that the young person is at risk of committing anti-social behaviour
- The young person has siblings / parents that are involved in offending
To find out more about the crime and anti-social behaviour prevention programme you can contact us or download the Prevention Leaflet (PDF, 1.44 MB)
Support for parents
We recognise that parents can be significantly affected by their child’s anti-social or offending behaviour. We have a dedicated service for parents which includes support, guidance and practical techniques to help in parenting a teenager.
There are different ways in which we can offer parenting support:-
- On a voluntary basis
- Through a voluntary parenting contract
- Through a statutory parenting order
We have a number of interventions and resources designed for parents, including: –
Triple P Parenting Programme – Triple P is a positive parenting programme, but it doesn’t tell you how to be a parent. It’s more like a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them. It’s all about making Triple P work for you.
Teen Triple P – A broad focussed parenting support intervention for parents of teenagers up to 16 years of age.
Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities – Enabling parents to teach their children to respect and appreciate one another. This course emphasises and promotes parent/child relationships as well as violence free, healthy lifestyles.
STEPS – The STEPS programme helps parents to change their self-image for the better and help them to think more positively; giving them the necessary understanding and techniques to raise their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.WYJS Parent Leaflet (PDF, 1.85 MB)
Support for victims of youth crime
We are able to offer Restorative Justice Interventions to victims of youth crime, enabling young people to understand the impact of their offending on others. Restorative Justice helps restore community confidence and reduces the fear of crime, whilst at the same time reducing the likelihood of re-offending.
Types of Restorative Justice interventions: –
- Shuttle Mediation involves a facilitator acting as a go-between to enable the person(s) harmed and the person(s) responsible to communicate without meeting face to face
- Restorative Family Group Conferences are normally led by two facilitators and are attended by the person responsible, his or her family members and support persons, and professionals who are working with or have some involvement with the person responsible. The views and requests of any person harmed are taken by the facilitator and shared with those present
- Support for Persons Harmed involves only the person harmed meeting with a facilitator to talk about their experience, short and long-term reactions, strategies for recovery and access to other support services. This can involve a referral to Victim Support. Victim Support is there to help anyone affected by crime. A Victim Care Officer can help with emotional support, information and provide practical help for as long as is needed
- Letter of Apology the young person and their worker will look at the impact of their offence for themselves, the person harmed, the community and anyone else affected by their behaviour. As part of the preparation the young person will explore how being offended against might feel and will consider the questions those harmed may have. A letter of apology will then be written to outline this work. The finished letter can then be shared with the harmed person if they would like to see it
- Victim Awareness will be completed with the person responsible in one-to-one or group-work sessions with a facilitator as part of their order. A victim impact statement may help shape these sessions and can be written by the harmed person at any time
- Updates on the order where a victim does not want to be involved directly the service can provide updates on the outcome of the young person’s intervention and inform the victim whether the outcome was successful or not
Restorative Justice in Warwickshire VideoRestorative Justice Leaflet 2017 (PDF, 162.23 KB)
We would be very grateful if you could take a few moments to complete the Victim Satisfaction Form which seeks your views about the service you received from our agency.
Support for young people
What can you expect if you have been sentenced by the court to one of the following: –
- Referral Order – if the court has sentenced you to a referral order you must attend your panel meeting with your parent(s) or guardian(s) and agree a contract to help you stay out of trouble. The panel is made up of two members of the public and a worker from the service. The panel will keep an eye on how you are doing and if you successfully finish your contract you will not have a criminal record in most cases
- Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO) – if the court has sentenced you to a Youth Rehabilitation Order, your worker will see you regularly to help you put in place an intervention plan focusing on what needs to be done to reduce your offending behaviour so that you can successfully complete your order and move on with your life
- Detention and Training Order (DTO) – If the court has sentenced you to a Detention and Training Order (DTO), you will serve half of your sentence in custody and half in the community. Your worker will visit you in custody and attend planning meetings to help you make the best of your time in custody. Your worker will see you regularly when you are serving your sentence in the community
What we do?
- We will explain why and how we will support you to stop offending
- We will talk to you about what you did, and what effect it had on the victim or your local community
- We will support you to help you complete your order and stop offending
- We will follow your progress to make sure you’re taking part and help you to stop offending
- We will respect your information if it will help stop offending but we will share it with the Police, Prison Service, Probation, Social Services, Health, and schools to help you stop offending
- If you tell us you are not safe in prison, at home or in the community we will need to share this with other agencies to help make you safe
- If something happens to you, or if you’re having any difficulties, tell your worker or a family member as soon as you can, we may be able to help and we will do all we can to keep you safe!
What you MUST do
- Turn up to all your sessions on time
- If you can’t make an appointment let us know why
- Let us know if you change your address or telephone number
- Work with us to help understand why you have offended and to prevent you from offending in the future
What you must NOT do
- Miss appointments or turn up late
- Turn up under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Be rude, abusive or disrespectful to staff
- Turn up with your friends or dog
- Bring with you any knives, weapons or other sharp objects
If you do not follow these do’s and dont’s you could receive a written warning and may be sent back to court. The court may sentence you to new requirements or you could even end up in custody.
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Improving outcomes for the community
A young person may be required to undertake unpaid work as part of a Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO). The Unpaid Work Requirement is available for use with 16 and 17 year olds only and can impose between 40 and 240 hours over a 12 month period.
Current unpaid work projects include: –
- Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers Association – Site near Kenilworth. Building repair, woodwork and general maintenance. In addition, there is ground works such as planting, weeding and hedge clipping along with general horticulture
- George Eliot Hospital Projects Nuneaton – Art work, horticulture, garden maintenance, planting, pruning, weeding, woodwork, painting, cleaning and tidying pathways
Want to get involved?
We want your suggestions for projects you think would be suitable for unpaid work in your area. If you are an individual, member of a club, community group, faith group, voluntary organisation, local authority or local business, please fill in the Google doc to nominate your project
To be considered, your project must meet the following criteria:
- It must benefit the local community
- It must not take paid work away from others
- No individual may make a profit from the work
- It must be challenging and demanding
- It must be worthwhile and constructive
- Offenders must be putting something back into the community
Warwickshire Youth Justice Service will assess the project for suitability and for health and safety implications.
Volunteering – Becoming a Panel Member
The Referral Order is a unique sentence directly involving local community volunteers, in holding young offenders to account for their actions.
Interested in becoming a Panel Member?
People like you is a short film which shows how Youth Offender Panels work and illustrates the role within them of trained volunteers from the local community.
The Panel Meeting – This film shows how Youth Offender Panels work and illustrates the role within them of trained volunteers from the local community.
How to get involved? If you are interested in becoming a Community Panel Member, keep an eye on this section to find out about current volunteer recruitment.
Selection Criteria – To ensure that youth offender panels are representative of the local community there should be no unnecessary restrictions on recruitment. The selection criteria are based on personal qualities rather than professional qualifications. Training will form an integral and compulsory part of the recruitment process to ensure that community panel members are equipped with the appropriate skills. The required personal qualities are as follows:
Motivation – a commitment to working with young offenders and parents to prevent further crime and with victims to deal with the consequences of crime.
- personal integrity
- discretion and a firm commitment to confidentiality
- understanding and good judgement, a level-headed approach to young offenders and crime
- an ability and strong commitment to work without prejudice with people of different ages, ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds
- effective listening and communication skills
- an ability to engage with young people
- an ability to understand documents, to identify and comprehend relevant facts, and to follow arguments
- an ability to think logically, to weigh arguments and to reach logical conclusions
- common sense and realistic expectations
- an ability to relate to, and work with, others as a member of the panel team
- a willingness to listen to advice and to the views of others
- maturity, patience and the ability to remain calm
Commitment and reliability
- a willingness to undertake all the required initial training, further training and ongoing assessment and appraisal
- a commitment to serve as a panel member a required minimum number of times per year and to undertake the relevant preparatory work in each case
- a commitment to serve
Barriers to involvement
- The minimum age requirement is 18 years old
- Beyond this stipulation, age should not be an automatic barrier to recruitment. The aim of the recruitment strategy should be to recruit a pool of community panel members encompassing a broad range of ages and experience
Previous offending history
- Sexual offences, offences against children or a criminal conviction within the last two years will render a person unsuitable. Particular attention should also be paid to previous convictions for drugs-related offences, violent offences, other offences of a serious nature and evidence of recent persistent offending. However, where the applicant can demonstrate that he or she does not present a reoffending risk, previous offending need not necessarily be a bar to recruitment and is a matter for the Youth Justice Service manager’s discretion
- Where there is any doubt as to how the individual’s previous offending may affect his or her suitability as a youth offender panel member, they should not be accepted as a volunteer; and the Youth Justice Service manager should decline, giving the applicant an explanation of the reasons
- Full criminal record checks will be carried out, and anyone applying to be a community panel member must declare any convictions (whether ‘spent’ or ‘unspent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974), cautions, reprimands or final warnings
What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere – regardless of their social or ethnic background.
It relates to situations where a young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in some form of sexual activity in return for something the young person needs or desires, for example; attention, a sense of belonging, affection, money, drugs, alcohol or accommodation.
The young person might think that their abuser is their friend or girl/boyfriend but the abuser is likely to be violent and/or abusive to get the young person to do what they want for them. They will control and manipulate the young person and try to isolate them from friends and family.
Last year Barnardo’s services worked with 1,940 children and young people who had been sexually exploited. Child Sexual Exploitation is happening in Warwickshire, don’t risk ignoring it. Call 01926 684490 to discuss your concerns.
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