Teenage crooks helped by team

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THE city’s Youth Offending Team has done a better than average job in attempting to keep young criminals on the straight and narrow, an inspection has revealed.

The team was scrutinised by the Criminal Justice Joint Inspection department and given a “credible” rating.

‘There are strengths in its review process, documentation and the range of high quality interventions it provides,’ states the report.

The team’s ‘safeguarding’ work to protect young people earned a score of 78 per cent, 10 per cent above the national average.

Its action to protect the public was judged at 69 per cent, six per cent above average. The team’s score for preventing young offenders from committing more crimes was a pleasing 71 per cent.

A Criminal justice spokesman said: “Milton Keynes Youth Offending Team has a committed staff group and management team.”

The inspection reports cites the example of 16-year-old Ryan, who was sentenced to a Youth Rehabilitation order after committing an assault.

He had severe basic skills but with the support of his YOT case manager obtained a place at college, where his tutor adapted lessons to his needs.

The manager took Ryan to college to make sure he attended and soon the teenager began to make progress in mathematics and English.

“College provided constructive use of his time and boosted his self-confidence,” says the report.

“He complied with his order, committed no further offences, and has started a number of vocational courses.”