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CYP Now Youth Justice News: **Current**

Youth Justice News from Children & Young People Now brings you the top stories from youth offending teams and others in the youth justice sector.

International Restorative Justice Week**Current**
This year’s International Restorative Justice Week which ran from 16-23 November aimed to celebrate and raise awareness of restorative justice.  The UK Restorative Justice Council is collaborating with the Ministry of Justice and the Chris Donovan Trust on a new national campaign called “What would you do?” which will be launched during this period.  The campaign aims to provoke interest and debate by asking the public to think about what they would do if faced with the chance to meet someone who committed a crime against them.
Restorative justice is nothing new within County Durham and the Youth Offending Service works with hundreds of perpetrators and victims each year delivering a diverse range of innovative projects that benefits not only those directly affected by offending and its consequences, but the wider community.  One example are our year-round charitable initiatives where young people have recently made ‘bling’ poppies for Remembrance day, Christmas wreathes, spring flower baskets and summer nesting boxes, which over the last three years have helped raise nearly £5000 for local charities as nominated by victims and young people themselves.
Restorative justice within Co Durham isn’t just about litter picking, but includes working with local organisations, undertaking environmental projects, building maintenance and potentially any other project that a victim suggests; especially if it  helps develops a young person’s skills and benefits the community.
So given what you now know about restorative justice within County Durham, ‘What would you do?’

Youth Justice - Annual Youth Justice Figures **Current**

The Ministry of Justice has published annual youth justice statistics. They show a drop in first time entrants to the system and that the total number of proven offences has fallen for the seventh consecutive year.

County Durham Youth Offending Service is part of Early intervention and involvement services within Children and Adults Services.

We all identify risk factors in young people’s lives which make it more likely they will re-offend and we put in place interventions to reduce the risks and prevent re-offending. We do this with young people who appear before the courts and also with young people ‘pre-court’.

Our strategic purpose is:

  • to prevent re-offending by children and young people 
  • to reduce First Time Entrants (FTEs) to the youth justice system 
  • to be achieved by delivering specialist interventions
  • underpinned by safeguarding and public protection

For 2012/14, our primary focus is on the following outcomes:

  • reducing first time entrants 
  • reducing re-offending
  • reducing the use of custody, including secure/custodial remands
  • ensuring public protection/safeguarding by providing specialist interventions.   

Our PDF IconYouth Justice Plan 2012/14.pdf (24 pages, 887kb) outlines our strategies to do so for 2012/14.