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Mark Sutton
County Councillor Mark Sutton

Youth Offending Service Success Story Helps Transform the Lives of Young Offenders

The success story of the youth offending service in Staffordshire has helped see a fall in cases by almost 40 per cent in the last four years.

A report by HM Chief Inspector of Probation awarded the service 22 out of a potential 24 stars, making it one of the most effective youth offending  services in England and Wales.

Mark Sutton,  Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

We are incredibly proud of our track record in helping troubled young people turn their lives around.

As reflection of this success, the number of cases we deal with every year has fallen by 39 per cent since 2012 and we now want  to take the opportunity to reshape the service to best help Staffordshire young people from offending or reoffending.”

The service, which works with young people aged between 10 and 17, has seen the number of young people it supervises fall from 428 in 2012/2013 to 238 in 2016/2017. The teams work across the county with young people who may have got into trouble with the police, been charged with a crime and are going to court or have been convicted of a crime and sentenced.

Mark added:

There are lots of reasons why young people find themselves on the wrong side of the law and we work extremely hard with partners in the police, in health, in schools and in communities not only to understand why they may have got into trouble in the first place, but also to make sure these young people take full responsibility for their own actions and realise the impact it may have on others.

Restorative justice, where young people come face to face with their victims for example, can be an incredibly powerful tool in helping them make that decision to turn their lives around.”

A report on the success of the service and recommendations to reshape it due to the decreasing cases loads will be presented to Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday, June 21.