Parish offers support to rehabilitation of Colnbrook’s young offenders

The Parish Council has offered its support to a team involved in the rehabilitation of Colnbrook young offenders following a request from PCSO Cropper last month.

Youth Offending Team Slough (YOTS) was set up in 2000.

Youth Offending Team Slough (YOTS) was set up in 2000.

PCSO Cropper made a successful appealed to parish councillors to support the work of the youth intervention team in Slough at the last meeting of the Services Committee before the summer recess.

The team currently has funding until the end of August is looking for new funding to extend its twice-weekly rehabilitation sessions.  PCSO Cropper asked for the loan of equipment, use of facilities, and suggestions for activities.

Slough Youth Offending Team (YOT) was formed on 1 April 2000 following the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act. The multi-agency team has a primary role to prevent young people offending or re-offending.

15 youths from Colnbrook are currently registered on the scheme.

Councillors were quick to accommodate the request:

  • Cllr Angell said that the Colnbrook Village Hall Trust, which he chairs, could look at free courts.
  • Cllr Hood advised that football is free on the Colnbrook Recreation Ground, while Pippins Park had the Multi Use Games Area, and tennis courts on a first come first serve basis.
  • Cllr Bryant suggested that Airport Motors be approached to see if they had an old car that could be worked on.

 

The team is measured against three National Indicators, new entrants to the scheme; the number of young people receiving custodial sentences; and the number of those re-offending. In its 2014-2015 update it noted that it was meeting targets in the first two, but the re-offending rate for 2013-14 had worsened on the previous  few years’ improvements.

Progress against national indicators 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014
Young people within the Youth Justice System receiving a conviction in court who are sentenced to custody 5.97% 12.1% 10.4% 6.7%
First time entrants to the Youth Justice System aged 10–17 60 86 70 63
Rate of proven re-offending by young offenders 39.5% 22.9% 15.49% 21%

 

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