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Team Tackling Youth Crime in York Praised

Minster FM News Generic

11:03am 4th February 2014

The work of York’s Youth Offending Team (YOT) has been praised by a team of independent ‘peer’ inspectors.

The assessment was led by experts from other YOTs across the country, lead by Pam Vedhara (MBE) from South Tyneside.

The review highlighted the operational strength of the YOT, the commitment of its Management Board and the expertise of the staff in enagaging with and managing young people with challenging behaviour, which was recognised by partners across the city. It also praised the commitment of the partner agencies themselves in working with the Youth Offending Team to ensure that youth offending is tackled in collective and creative ways.

It also praised the vision of the team and its commitment to Restorative Justice - bringing together those harmed by crime or conflict with those responsible for the harm, to find a positive way forward – and ensuring that victims are at the heart of the community.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People, said:” York’s Youth Offending Team work with some of the most challenging – and vulnerable – young people in the city. The work that they do has a huge impact not only on minimising re-offending rates in York, but also changing the life chances for young people who have got mixed up in criminal activity.”

Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council, said: “I’m pleased that the commitment and dedication of the York Youth Offending Team has been recognised by its peers. Key to its vision for the future is extending the use of Restorative Justice, improving outcomes for both victims and perpetrators of crime, and we will continue to progress this area of work with partners across the city.”

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