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Team Working with York Young Offenders Wins Awards

York Council 010513

1:15pm 3rd December 2013

York’s Youth Offending Team has scooped a national award for its work with high risk and complex young people with mental health issues.

The team received a ‘good design’ award from the Youth Justice Board for its ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service model’, which outlines how the Youth Offending Team and its partners can assess and support high risk young people with complex mental health needs.  

As part of the model the team set up a ‘Multi-Agency Forensic Mental Health Panel’ to ensure that young offenders with complex mental health issues receive the right assessment and specialist support they need, even if that means accessing services outside the area.

The multi-agency panel comprises representatives from the York Youth Offending Team, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Adult mental health services, social care and the Police and was set up in the absence of a forensic mental health service* in York.

Angela Crossland, York Youth Offending Team manager, said: “I’m delighted that the panel’s innovative work has been recognised at a national level. Young people often present at the Youth Offending Team with complex emotional and mental health issues. Research shows that effective early intervention can dramatically reduce future offending, as well as significantly improving the long term future of the young people themselves.

“The award is testament to the hard work of the organisations on the panel, and their commitment to supporting some of the city’s most challenging and vulnerable young people. “

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