Agenda item - Brighton & Hove Youth Justice Strategy

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Agenda item

Brighton & Hove Youth Justice Strategy

Report of the Executive Director, Families, Children & Learning


That the Committee approved the Youth Justice Strategy for Brighton & Hove



11.1         Anna Gianfrancesco gave a brief overview of the Brighton & Hove Youth Service Strategy, it was noted that of the number of children in the criminal justice system there was a reduction in the number of court disposals, the rate of re-offenders was discouraging. It was noted that all teams were working with young people and Sussex Police with a view to mitigating the risk of young people from falling in to the criminal justice system. She concluded that results were overall positive however a number of children in the City remained at risk of exploitation.


11.2         Councillor Brown emphasised the necessity of prevention work and noted BHCC being 2nd lowest rank as positive. She further stated that it appeared that the re-offending rate was decreasing.


11.3         Councillor Wealls praised the work being carried out.


11.4         Martin Jones echoed the praise being given and stated that an increase in the number of people in care was positive. He further stated that it appeared the small group of people were re-offending were prolific and enquired if this was being addressed


11.5         Anna Gianfrancesco agreed that the frequency rate of re-offence was an issue, she emphasised the necessity of engaging with children and offenders.


11.6         Councillor Penn enquired on the status of the management of multiagency approach


11.7         Anna Gianfrancesco stated that the Ambit model was used to help look at how various systems engaged with each other. It was further noted that BHCC had worked with Sussex Partnership trust and that 24 people from SPMT to be trained in the Ambit model with the outlook to train colleagues within their own department. She further noted that there was efforts to help build on the relationship model across children and families and that this method was exportable. She concluded that this support could bridge the gap in timescales.


11.8         RESOLVED - That the Committee approved the Youth Justice Strategy for Brighton & Hove 2018-19.

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