10.2.3 Support and Interventions
Last updated 12/11/2018
Support and Interventions
The multi-agency response will be led by the most appropriate lead officer who will work with the children and their families/carers to support them moving on from criminal exploitation and their involvement in serious and organised crime. This may include supporting children and their families to access education, employment, housing and positive diversionary activities. The lead officer will also be able to identify and signpost young people and families on to the most appropriate services including community interventions to meet their holistic needs. This will include services such as family support, parenting groups and positive youth provisions.
Targeted Youth Prevention (TYP)
Targeted Youth Prevention works with children, young people and their families where additional support is required to support them under an Early Help Assessment.
Referrals are received through the Early Help Gateway, Social Care or the Youth Offending Team.
To access TYP the following criteria must be met:
- The young person is between 10 and 18 years old
- Level of risk and/or vulnerability is a minimum of Level 3a as per the Continuum of Young People’s Needs
- Consent is obtained from the Parent(s)/carers
The risk or behaviours of the young person must include one of the following:
- Risk of becoming a First Time Entrant
- Anti-Social Behaviour
- Child Sexual Exploitation (where CAS or Catch 22 are not involved)
- Criminal Exploitation
- Low level mental health
- Drug misuse
- Exposure to domestic violence
- Perpetrator of domestic violence
There is a range of interventions and programmes to support young people who are exposed to the risks listed above.
Youth Offending Team (YOT)
The purpose of the Youth Offending Team is to prevent young people entering the Youth Justice System. Should they offend the aim of the team is to prevent reoffending. A critical part of this process is to holistically assess individuals and develop plans that include relevant interventions to address a young person’s risk taking behaviour.
The YOT’s key priorities are to:
- Ensure young people are safeguarded
- Prevent first time entrants into the youth justice system.
- Divert young people away from criminality
- Reduce re-offending
- Reduce custody rates
- Improve sustainable outcomes for young people aligned with the Children and Young Peoples Plan (2015 – 2020) for Sefton
- Protect the public from harm
- Understand, support and protect victims
- Understand young people and support them to increase their chances of desistance
- Work to ensure custody is limited to those young people whose risk cannot be managed in the community
- Promote health outcomes, welfare and safety of children within the youth justice system
Principles underpinning the YOT service are:
- Regard for the safety of the public as a priority
- Provision of a fair and equitable service to young people, parents/carers, staff, victims and the wider community
- Respect for young offenders as young people
- Ensure the voice of the child and the parents / carers are heard and understood
- Respect for diversity whilst respecting the needs and rights of victims, children, young people and their families
- Valuing staff and ensuring their wellbeing through support and supervision
- Under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, each Local Authority must have a Youth Justice Plan that sets out how local Youth Justice Services will be delivered within the available resources