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.
Young people becoming adults news
School’s out as Farmors’ students get ‘Drive for Life’ lessons instead
Justice after Genocide
Fairford secondary gets full marks for road safety lessons
Martin's thoughts on young people becoming adults
The kids are all right! – Youth project breaks down barriers with the Police
We should thank ‘The Archers’ for shining a light on the dark invisible side of domestic violence
Projects supported under young people becoming adults
RaiseYoung GloucestershireThe aim of the work is to raise awareness amongst the young people of Gloucestershire in key areas such as; driving, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, bullying, personal safety.
Futures ProjectGloucestershire Constabulary & Avenger Task ForceThe Avenger Task Force ‘Futures Project’ aims to intervene and support young people involved or at risk of becoming involved with criminal gangs in order to equip them with the skills necessary to make a healthy and independent transition into adulthood.
Victims FundGloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre - GRASACThis project is about supporting the most vulnerable victims in society, especially women with complex needs trying to cope and recover from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and other forms of sexual violence. Often victims present with complex needs including: mental health issues, drugs and alcohol issues, anxiety disorders and PTSD. This can mean dysfunctional coping mechanisms are used (often over a number of years) that can limit victims access to services, through limited mobility (physically or mentally) and access to money. This project will help us provide services where and when the victim needs it.
CrimestoppersCrimestoppersTo provide Crimestopper service to Gloucestershire. Ongoing contract with Police.
Specialist support work for survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)GRASACThe specialist support worker/s will work alongside staff & volunteers to provide: • One to one therapeutic support services for female survivors of child sexual abuse • To advocate on behalf of clients accessing services • Provide information about services including the Criminal Justice System • Needs assessments and contact to survivors on our waiting list • Email support • Information & support to friends, families and partner agencies • Research into the needs of black and minority ethnic (BME) survivors of CSA and recommendations about how to develop GRASAC service appropriately to reach out to minority communities from whom the organisation currently has a disproportionately low take up of service.