Youth offending teams

A survey by CYP Now has revealed that 90% of youth offending teams (YOTs) have faced cuts. Of the 41 out of 156 YOT managers who responded to the survey, 50% believe spending cuts will result in increasing numbers of young people sentenced to custody. 32% said that this has resulted in less provision for community punishments making up the youth rehabilitation order (YRO).

The YRO, introduced by the Labour government, provides magistrates with a “menu” of community punishments to minimise the use of custody. Respondents revealed that at least eight of the 18 community sentences that make up the YRO are suffering from less provision. These include the intensive supervision, surveillance, activity, local authority residence, education programme, , restorative justice processes and restorative conferencing, substance misuse and drug treatment requirements. Some YOT managers who are less concerned about rising custody numbers point to plans to devolve the cost of custody to local authorities as an incentive for fresh investment in community alternatives to custody.


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