Young offenders’ work is in spotlight

Show: Youth Justice Team Manager Faith Marriott
Show: Youth Justice Team Manager Faith Marriott
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A charity with a track record in diverting young offenders away from crime by making a positive contribution to their community is planning to showcase its success next month.

Child Action Northwest wants to celebrate with an event at Penwortham Community Centre on Wednesday October 29.

Staff from the Youth Justice Service along with Lancashire County Council Youth Offending teams will demonstrate their community reparation schemes with young people.

The aim is to showcase Child Action Northwest’s ‘Triage’ Service and the work which is being done to help young people who commit low level offences turn their lives around by reducing their likelihood of re-offending.

A group of youths will be showing how they have turned their efforts to achieving positive outcomes in their community.

CANW Youth Justice Manager Faith Marriott MBE, said: “Simply putting a young person before the court for minor offences is not effective financially and through Triage we can implement interventions and measures which reduce the risk of that young person entering a life of crime whilst ensuring that they are made to be held accountable within their local communities. This is not a soft option – far from it.”

Youth Triage has successfully seen 1,167 in the period Apr 2012 – March 2014 subject to Triage with re-offending rates significantly lower that other forms of punishment for other minor offences.