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Young Offenders

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2006, Official Report, Column 122W, on young offenders, how much of the additional £45 million funding allocated to youth offending teams has been received by Sefton council; how many additional members of staff will be recruited; where they will be located; what their primary duties are; and how their performance will be assessed. (85978)

Sefton Youth Offending Team (YOT) is receiving a total Youth Justice Board (YJB) prevention grant of £347,222 between November 2005 and March 2008, which it is using to fund its existing Youth Inclusion Programme (YIP) and a new Youth Inclusion and Support Panel (YISP). £177,222 of this comes from the additional 45 million funding and £170,000 is part of ongoing YIP funding.

Two additional YISP staff will be recruited. These will be in addition to the existing YIP staff. Both new posts are located in the Sefton Centre for Restorative Practice in Stanley Road, Bootle.

The primary duty of the YISP co-ordinator is to be responsible for the development and implementation of the work of the YISP, in order to ensure that the YISP delivers effective services to address the needs of children referred to the panel, within a restorative practice framework.

The YISP key worker will be responsible for the management of a caseload and overseeing the delivery of intervention designed to address the needs of those children.

The YOT has an effective workforce strategy to manage the performance of individual members of staff that is integrated with the council's performance management framework. The YIP and YISP programmes in Sefton will be monitored and supported through the YJB's performance management framework which ensures YOTs provide quarterly data returns to the YJB to gauge outputs and outcomes, includes monitoring by YJB staff, and provides for mechanisms for supporting individual YOTs should there be poor performance issues.