Youth Offending Service outlines priorities

Published Wednesday, 07 October 2020

Coventry’s Youth Offending Service (YOS) has set out its priorities, despite the challenges of COVID-19, to support and encourage children not to commit offences.

The Youth Offending Service works with partners across the city in police, health and probation and has a number of duties including supporting court sentences, managing the delivery of community services and victim services.

In its Contingency and Recovery Plan, YOS details how it will help tackle criminal exploitation and youth violence and support young people who have had a number of adverse childhood experiences.

Another focus will see work to tackle disparity in the criminal justice system and engaging with young people from BAME communities at risk of entering the system.

Councillors will be asked to endorse the plan when it is considered first by Cabinet on 13 October, and then by Full Council on 20 October.

Cllr Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “COVID-19 has set many important services a huge challenge in being able to continue the important work they do.

“I’m really pleased to see this Contingency and Recovery Plan from YOS as it’s vital we are able to continue to not only support our courts system and for victims, but also to offer that vital help to young people in danger of becoming involved in violence and criminal exploitation, while of course protecting the public.

“It’s also key to understand how and why young people become involved in crime, so I’m really interested to see work taking place with children who have had a number of difficult experiences in their young lives.

“To do this work it is vital to have a good team so I’m happy to see one of the plan’s priorities is to maintain a high-quality workforce and support professional development.”

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