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South and West Yorkshire Resettlement Consortium

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In 2014/15 the Youth Justice Board supported the establishment of four new resettlement consortia, including one covering South and West Yorkshire. A Project Manager was appointed and took up post in September 2014.

 

A Strategic Group has been developed which meets quarterly, and is Chaired by a Director of Children’s Services from Sheffield City Council. An Operational Group has also been established which meets six times a year. The consortium is tracking young people sentenced after November 2014 who are the responsibility of one of the South or West Yorkshire YOTs.

 

Partners include: Police and Crime Commissioners for South and West Yorkshire; Nine YOTs; Secure Estate, in particular HMYOI Wetherby and SCH Adel Beck; Novus (education provider in secure estate); Beyond Youth Custody; Local Criminal Justice Boards for South and West Yorkshire; Sheffield Futures; NHS England; Department for Work and Pensions; and Children’s Services.

 

The overall objectives of the consortium as defined by the YJB were:

  • Reduce the reoffending of those young people in the consortium cohort
  • Pilot locally led solutions to resettlement e.g. processes and practices
  • Work with local partners to include effective resettlement programmes in their plans and budgets.

 

Key activity of the consortium has been:

  • Development of local evidence of need and gaps and responding accordingly
  • Development of a resettlement offer for South and West Yorkshire
  • Commission of services to support resettlement, including a link worker based in the secure estate; mentoring; a bike project; an employment project; a flexible resettlement fund; and ‘train the trainers’ on masculinity and self-image, and family work
  • A programme to support young people with Special Educational Needs (led by Sheffield Futures with funding from the Department of Education)
  • Work streams to improve communication and problem solve in relation to accommodation; education and health.

 

The YJB has commissioned an evaluation of the consortia and the report is currently being written. Attached below you will find a short case study in relation to the 'Link Officer Role' and key standards for young people leaving custody.

 

For further information please e-mail resettlement@leeds.gov.uk.

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