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Blackburn Youth Court - Problem Solve Approach

Summary: Early intervention programme to support desistence while awaiting sentencing.
Classification: Level 1
Age: 10 - 17
Sex: n/a
Cost: none

 

 

Aim:

  • Provision of support through early intervention to prevent further offending, reduce re –offending offering a multi-agency approach

 

 

Description:

In August 2014 members of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) held a "problem solve" with children. The aim was to look at improving the service offered to children. When a child appears before the Youth Court, the court will deal with the offence committed and, if the child is found guilty, will impose a sentence.  It may take some weeks for the sentence to be passed and in the interim Blackburn Youth Justice Service and HMCTS have set up a Problem Solving Approach for the children and their parents coming to Blackburn Youth Court.

This problem solving scheme gives children and their parents the chance to tackle the problems that may be affecting them by putting them in touch with the following organisations able to help them, who attend on a weekly basis -

  • Crime Reduction Initiatives
  • Local substance misuse project
  • Nightsafe (supporting accommodation needs)
  • Supporting Families Project (for unemployed, parents with children displaying anti-social behaviour, problems with school attendance and of course, displaying offending behaviour)
  • Fast 4wd Project (supports adults with alcohol or substance misuse problems)
  • Carers’ Service (for partners, parents, family members affected by another person’s addiction)
  • New Directions (supporting young people back into education,training or employment)

In 2017  Blackburn Magistrates’ Court won Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service National Award for Customer Service for the successful introduction and continued operation of the youth problem-solving court which has brought real improvements and help for children attending the court.

 

 

Implementing the practice:

  • Discuss the idea and viability with local Court User Group involving all Court Users including young people to obtain the relevant buy in
  • Recruit a problem solving team of multi-agency providers and agree on the range of services and the level of support
  • Agree with the court the provisions which will be available on Youth Court days and cascade information to all relevant parties
  • Establish a quarterly review process for all stakeholders (court officials,YOTs,multi agency providers and young people)

 

 

Contacts:

Youth Offending Team: Blackburn with Darwen Youth Justice Service
Name: Glenda Astley
Email:

glenda.astley@blackburn.gov.uk

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