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Youth offending teams to trial programme to address trauma

As part of the serious violence strategy, the government has announced that they will provide a fund to trial more intensive ways of working with young people. They want to help professionals better understand young offenders and build trust to ensure that they provide more effective support.

This follows some good results from a trial of the Enhanced Case Management (ECM) system trialled in Wales. This was using a multi-agency team working to understand the key traumatic events in a young person's life and developing tailored interventions to address the underlying reasons for their behaviour in Youth Offending Teams. They found:

  • improved resilience to chaotic family life
  • improved self‐confidence
  • emotion regulation and resilience

improvements in the lives of young people

  • notable improvements for several young people across criminal justice indicators such as breach and reoffending rates

They noted that the cohort in the study was small [21 young people] but they felt that there is a positive indication that the ECM has merit and should be developed and tested further.

The serious violence strategy reveals that the initiative will now be trialled in England across four YOTs in the South West of England, working alongside NHS England, Public Health England, the local clinical commissioning group and Exeter University.

The fund will be open to bids from police and crime commissioners with community safety partnerships, and will only be available to youth and community groups that support early intervention and prevention activity with children and young people.