This blog is one of a number of stories we will be posting about Youth Work Week 2019
Wrexham Youth Justice Service (YJS) works with children and young people aged 10 – 17 years in order to prevent offending and re-offending.
It’s an agency team of professional staff who work within the Youth Justice system, and receive funding from the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, Welsh Assembly Government and local Strategic Partnerships.
The team works closely with the Youth Courts and implements a range of statutory orders that the Courts impose. This includes working with young people who are sent to custody and their resettlement back into the community upon their release.
The YJS delivers an Out- of Court disposal process, called ‘The Bureau’. We work closely with North Wales Police to assess the young person and their offending behaviour and liaise with their victims when appropriate, with a view to finding a restorative solution, resulting in the young person not going to court. The YJS delivers a range of interventions with the young person, including advice and guidance offered to parents/ carers, to prevent further offending.
There is a growing number of volunteers, who offer support to the team by undertaking a variety of roles that include ‘The Bureau Panel, Appropriate Adult and Referral Panel Members. People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to become involved.
A major focus of the work is enabling young people to take responsibility for their behaviour and actions, and understand the harm that their offending causes others. We work closely with victims and encourage young people to undertake activities that repair the harm to individuals and to the wider community.
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