Payment-by-results will be used as part of a five-year programme to improve resettlement support for young people leaving custody. 16-18 year olds leaving custody in four young offender institutions - Feltham and Cookham Wood in London, Werrington in the West Midlands, and Wetherby in the North West - will be assigned a youth resettlement support worker to help them deal with issues they face.
The Youth Justice Board, which has developed the project alongside the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), has said that resettlement support workers will start work with the young person a month before their release.
“The youth resettlement support workers must work collaboratively with the local authority and wider partners to ensure children’s services and wider mainstream services provide on-going support,” a statement in a YJB bulletin said.
The resettlement support worker project will launch in July.