Who we work with Click to get info
The young people we work with will be:
- on triage
- on cautions
- subject to court orders
- on bail
- in custody
By confronting the attitudes and behaviour of those young people who commit offences we can provide better support and alternative paths.
We can also:
- help victims of youth crime and make sure their needs and wishes are taken into account
- keep young people safe from crime, gangs and whilst on the street
- divert young people from entering the criminal justice system
- reduce future offending by working with young people to improve their health, literacy, self-esteem and employability
Our approaches Click to get info
We use the following approaches.
We understand that families can be significantly affected by their child’s offending behaviour. We therefore provide support to families which include guidance and practical techniques such as:
- Access to parenting programmes such as Triple P Parenting Programme and Strengthening Families, Strengthening communities. Get more information about parenting programmes
- Accessing Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
We are committed to a restorative justice (RJ) approach, which helps young people to face up to what they have done, take responsibility, and to make amends to the victim or to the wider community. The approach can involve mediation, where the young person meets with the victim in a safe environment, which can have very positive results for both the victim and the young person.
The Triage scheme reduces low profile offending. It diverts young people committing low level offences away from the criminal justice system into effective interventions to reduce re-offending.
Pre sentencing and sentence reports
When required we will provide youth courts and crown courts with pre sentence reports and specific sentence reports to assist sentencing. This assessment of the young offender will be in line with national standards.
We provide support for community based disposals. The team:
- provide supervision of young people
- work with parents and carers of young people as and when appropriate
- ensure that a variety of resources are available for such sentences
We offer support to young people during their sentences and provide supervision after their release. Whilst in custody they will be visited by their YOS worker and will attend planning meetings to discuss what will happen when in custody and also when released. When leaving custody young people will have regular meetings with their YOS worker to ensure they successfully reintegrate into the community.We use the following approaches.
Gangs Click to get info
‘Enough is Enough’ is Waltham Forest Council's innovative gangs programme set up to address gang activity. The programme supports young people and their families who are:
- at risk of exploitation from gangs, this also includes child sexual exploitation
- affiliated to a gang
- have been a victim of gangs