Priority Lead: Kate Langley
Youth Justice Manager, Prospects
What are the key requirements for the young people becoming adults priority?
- 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
How priority lead Kate Langley is going to deliver the young people becoming adults priority
This is a brief introduction into how work is developing under ‘Young people becoming adults’ and if you want more detail, you can find it in what we call the Delivery Plan here.
It is my responsibility to see that the aim of the ‘Young people becoming adults’ priority is fulfilled, namely that young people are given the help they need to develop into responsible adults who will contribute to their community.
Our work links into other relevant other areas of the Police and Crime Plan and we work closely with other key partners, for example developing the Youth Crime Prevention Strategy in collaboration with the Gloucestershire Youth Justice Partnership Board, Health Commissioners, local Community Groups and Community Safety Officers.
Some of the things we are doing include:
- examining how young people view the police and how they are policed, to try to improve relationships
- reviewing the use of out of court disposals and the effectiveness of restorative justice practice
- promotional campaigns to get key safety and risk management messages through to young people including internet safety, drug and alcohol use, driving safely, personal safety and sexual exploitation
- developing community programmes linked to crimes in specific locality areas such as – knife crime, gang crime and sexual exploitation
- reviewing how we work with young people that go missing, child sexual exploitation and young people that are the victims of domestic abuse
- developing a new approach to working with young people who are prolific offenders to reduce reoffending rates and the numbers of young people becoming adult offenders
You can get a picture of how we are doing from information which is available from the Gloucestershire Online Pupil Survey, Gloucestershire Youth Justice Partnership Board, User Satisfaction Survey (USS) and GSSJC Scanning Document. However, like the work being done under the other priorities, this is an ongoing process and although baselines have been established to ensure that improvements are measurable, some improvements are well underway such as the review of the out of court disposals, whilst others are expected within the four years of the Police and Crime Plan.
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Projects supported under young people becoming adults
Combating Mental Health Issues in Young People of GloucesterYoung GloucestershireTo address early mental health challenges amongst 14-25 year olds in Gloucester. This project will see Young Gloucestershire partner with Teens in Crisis to develop an early intervention drop-in service with additional one-to-one counselling support to identify and support young people with early-stage and mild mental health challenges.
Forest Mini PoliceGloucestershire ConstabularyThe Mini Police project is a fun and interactive volunteering opportunity for 9 to 11-year-old children. The Mini Police support the force priorities, through participation in community engagement events. Those involved can look forward to developing a confident voice through enjoyable experiences. Children who become part of the programme help to tackle local issues, as highlighted by their own communities. By assisting the police service, they also carry that ownership and pride back into the community they live in.
Junior Warden: Young Community Leaders ProjectTwo Rivers Housing, Street Wardens & Gloucestershire ConstabularyThe aim of the JR Wardens: • To provide a safe opportunity to engage children into community action. • To educate on the benefits of improving the environment for the community • Increasing respect for neighbourhoods. • To work with those children who would otherwise not volunteer for school activities, to increase confidence in getting involved. • Creating an environment where children can have a positive experience of interacting with community leaders, housing association and police to help them form their own opinions, improve communication and increase respect. • Leading by example – the children’s involvement being seen in the community, outreaching to families and friends to increase understanding and respect for community areas. • Offering positive community experience and working towards a sense of respect to help reduce ASB in the future.
Healthy RelationshipsGardners Lane and Oakwood FederationThe pilot is a response to recent Domestic Homicides within the Whaddon and Oakley area and as part of the ongoing work within Early Help.The project is designed for Year 3 and Year 4 pupils and focuses on Healthy Relationships with family, peers, community. The project encourages the nurturing and promotion of healthy relationships and gives children positive messages around respect for yourself and others.
Community Youth CollectivesGloucestershire Mentoring & Support CiC - GMASGMAS has a very specific way of working with communities to help integrate young people and diminish issues of anti-social behaviour amongst young people that we call our “COLLECTIVE” model. In areas where we are commissioned to deliver youth clubs and youth work we set up (or, in areas such as West Cheltenham where such forums already exist, join up with) networks of people who have an interest (or a “stake”) in young people behaving in a pro-social way and then allocate our staffing to try and meet the needs. We encourage partners to work with us in a “collective” model on the understanding that young people are a part of the local community and therefore the community has to be a part of finding solutions to perceived problems.