The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cleveland has provided funding for the three Youth Offending Services operating across Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton since 2015 as part of a joint commitment to tackle offending and reoffending, and deliver better outcomes for young people.
Youth Triage addresses offending behaviour in young people across Cleveland, and remains an effective form of early intervention by reducing the number of first time entrants in the criminal justice system, by providing interventions as an alternative to prosecution.
Between April 2017 and March 2020 the youth offending services in Cleveland have worked with almost 650 young people – 88% of which were between the ages of 14 and 17. The largest offence types were for Violence against the Person (29%), Criminal Damage (18%), and Public Order offences (15%).
During this period of time, youth offending teams reported over 650 Triage interventions. They included the following:
• 202 Offending Behaviour sessions
• 116 Reparation/ Restorative Justice sessions/ interventions
• 90 Victim Awareness sessions
• 51 Education, Training and Employment sessions
The PCC continues to recognise the important role that early intervention plays in diverting young people away from offending.
As a result, the PCC is pleased to extend Triage funding for an additional twenty four month period between 1st April 2020 ending 31st March 2022.
As part of this extension, the OPCC has requested that the funding supports the expansion of out of court disposal delivery on a Cleveland footprint, to include Triage 2 and restorative interventions, to ensure a more consistent and equitable out of court disposal offer to young people from the 1st October 2020.
Funding allocations are broken down below:
April 2020 – March 2022: £64,000
April 2020 – March 2022: £160,000
April 2020 – March 2022: £96,000