Young people becoming adults

Young people becoming adults

We need sensitive, relevant and effective policing to ensure our young people become law-abiding, productive members of society. The ‘system’ must work for them, not against them.

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Priority lead: Kate Langley

Organisation: Youth Justice Manager, Prospects

To deliver sensitive, relevant and effective policing ensuring our young people become law-abiding, productive members of society

To ensure that the ‘system’ must work for them, not against them

“It is my responsibility to see that we meet the aims of this important priority, which involves partnership working across the county. I want to ensure that young people are given the help they need to develop into responsible adults who will contribute to their community.“

Young people today face many different challenges, at home, in school and online. The impact we have on young people now, could shape the role they play in our communities as adults.

To achieve this priority, we are working with partners such as the Gloucestershire Youth Justice Partnership Board, health commissioners, community groups and police community safety officers. As well as direct action with offenders, we are focussing on prevention, by developing promotional campaigns to get important messages across about internet safety, drug and alcohol use, driving safely, personal safety and sexual exploitation.

We have several ways to measure this priority including Gloucestershire’s annual online pupil survey and through evidence gathered from partner projects across the county.

Our commitments include:

  • Finding out how young people view the police and how they are policed, to try to improve relationships
  • Working with prolific offenders to reduce reoffending rates
  • Reviewing the use of out of court disposals and the effectiveness of restorative justice practice
  • Developing community programmes in areas impacted by knife crime, gang crime and sexual exploitation
  • Look at how we work with young people that go missing, child sexual exploitation and young people that are the victims of domestic abuse

To find out more about our priorities and targets, read the full Delivery Plan 

The Commissioner’s Fund

Here in Gloucestershire, PCC Martin Surl allocates 1% of the overall policing budget to the Commissioner’s Fund, which supports county-based projects that deliver one or more of our priorities. Our aim is to work directly with communities to make Gloucestershire safer.

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