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
Outward BoundGloucestershire ConstabularyTo provide an opportunity for young people to develop their potential – through self-worth, new focus, self-awareness, personal responsibility and confidence. Recognise the positive contribution of young people in their communities, allow them to enjoy and experience real adventures. Improve the Young Peoples’ ability to work with others from different backgrounds and therefore improve their employability. By having two Police Staff attached to the scheme – to foster a positive perception of the police – to improve trust and respect of each other.A development opportunity for police staff to organise, supervise and engage with young people.
Dursley OutreachThe Door ProjectEngage with young people in Dursley Town Centre and outlying rural areas for one evening each week, particularly targeting those that are on the fringes of society, disadvantaged and at risk. To provide diversionary activities that are empowering and enabling, therefore helping to develop positive attitudes and actions in all young people.
Game Plan GloucesterActive ConnectionsThe aim of this project is to create meaningful sporting opportunities for young people and their families in the City of Gloucester’s most deprived areas. By deploying an innovative community building methodology, the project will recognise the strengths of local people and look to develop sporting interventions that directly relate to community needs and desires.
The Living RoomCommunity Roots CICThe project is about supporting the development of a group of volunteers at the Living Room, Rowanfield Exchange Cheltenham ( a community space) creating a sustainable community space, which is led and run by local residents.
UK Network for Sex Work Projects - UKNSWPNational Ugly MugsNational Ugly Mugs provides greater access to justice and protection for sex workers who are often targeted by dangerous offenders but are frequently unwilling to report these incidents to the police. We take reports of these incidents and issue life-saving alerts to sex workers around the country including Gloucestershire warning them who to avoid and support them in reporting to the Police. NUM will share anonymous intelligence with Police from the reports submitted and act as a liaison between sex workers and the Police to encourage and give confidence to victims in engaging with Police. A unanimous Chief Constables Council decision was taken that each force should contribute a proportion of NUM’s running costs to ensure that the scheme could continue to operate – this is an application for the proportion of this contribution.