Celebrating the Success in Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service
NYOS has an excellent track record of providing effective specialist services to children & young people, their parents/carers and the victims of the offences they have committed. Of course this cannot take place in isolation – NYOS could not achieve what we do without the support of the partnership that forms the core of (and the governance for) our service delivery. Significant achievements include:-
- The rate of reoffending by children and young people in Northamptonshire has reduced and is now below the national average
- The numbers of young people sent into custody either on remand or sentenced has been reduced significantly
- There has been a substantial increase in the work of our Prevention and Diversion scheme (PaDs), using an evidence based triage system to ensure that children are dealt with at the lowest safe level within the criminal justice system
Given the very real vulnerabilities of the children and young people we work with, we identify safeguarding concerns early and have also implemented a screening programme for CSE. We work very closely with RISE and have strong senior management oversight of safeguarding concerns.
All children and young people worked with are asked for their views about what they need, and we also seek feedback during and after our intervention. Our most recent data shows that all young people who identified that they needed help with:
- Drugs, Alcohol, Somewhere to live, Feeling less stressed, Their family and other relationships, what they think about themselves reported that they got the help that they needed. Most young people who said they needed help with:
- Feeling safer, Education, Training or Employment, Strange or upsetting thoughts told us that they got the help they needed and almost all of the young people said that they were less likely to offend.
The YOS is not, however, complacent about the need to continue to improve. The young people we work with are individuals and we have to meet their individual needs. We will carry on doing that as well as we can in partnership with the wider children’s workforce to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Last updated: 12 August 2016