Reducing youth crime is central to building safer communities and to tackle the problem of social exclusion.
The Council works closely with the Probation Service, The Police, and the Health Service to tackle the problem of offending antisocial behaviour by young people. The Rochdale Youth Justice Service is a multi-agency unit that aims to work effectively with others to reduce the level and impact of youth crime in Rochdale. An important part of the team’s work involves providing pre-sentence reports to Court to decide on suitable sentences and supervising a range of court orders that help young people avoid further offending.
The Youth Justice Service is a special Unit made up of staff employed by the Council’s Children's Social Care Service, the Probation Service, the Police, the Education Service and the Health Authority, all of whom are there to work with young people involved in the criminal justice system aged 10-18. Together we work to reduce the level and impact of youth crime in Rochdale.
The Youth Justice Service provides a range of services to: the Court; young people who have committed offences; their families; the community in Rochdale/victims.
We provide a fair and consistent service for all young people in the criminal justice process aim to work effectively with young people to reduce the level and impact of youth crime in Rochdale.
Offending and antisocial behaviour
The Youth Justice Service has a prevention team that works with others to stop offending and antisocial behaviour before it starts. Our aim is to help prevent children and young people becoming involved in crime or antisocial behaviour and the prevention team offer voluntary support services to children and young people aged 5-18 years and their families.
Our services are based on the following principles:
- Offending by young people is a matter of serious concern to the community and requires agencies to work together to manage the problem effectively.
- Children and young people need help and support to develop into law-abiding adults.
- Young offenders are more likely to develop into law-abiding adults by remaining in the community rather than being removed from it.
- Custody has damaging effects and does not stop young people re-offending.
- The law states that custody should only be used as a last resort where the offending is persistent or is so serious or where the public need protecting from serious harm.
Achieving our aims
Our work to achieve our aims includes all of the following:
- Taking an active part in crime prevention work.
- Working alongside existing organisations that offer support and activities to young people.
- Supporting parents to deal effectively with their child’s offending.
- Assisting the Police and families to deal more effectively with some young people without the need for Court.
- Working with young people who are awaiting sentence. For those who cannot live at home during this period, providing a range of supervised settings where they can live.
- Providing reports to help Courts to decide the most suitable sentence for a young person.
- Actively taking into account issues of public protection and the interests of victims in all work with young people.
- Providing a range of community sentences through which young people are supervised, faced with their offending and its effects, and helped to develop more responsible and law-abiding behaviour.
- Where a young person is sentenced to custody, working with prison staff and others to prepare them for when they are released and to supervise and support them when they return to the community so as to reduce the risk of them re-offending.
The Youth Justice Service works throughout to ensure that no young person is the subject of discrimination because of race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability or any other improper ground at any stage of the justice process.
If you feel unhappy about the way you have been treated you have the right to talk to the Youth Justice Service Manager about this. They will take your complaint seriously. There is also a formal complaints procedure, a copy of which you should receive at the start of your Order.