The ‘statutory’ partners of the YOT, i.e. those who contribute staff and resources, are:
The YOT Management Board is made up
of chief and senior officers who oversee the
performance and service delivery of the YOT. Its
members include representatives from the above
agencies, plus Housing, Courts, Youth Service, CDRP
and the voluntary sector (through the Nationwide
Children’s Research Centre).
The YOT is a good location to work with so-called ‘hard to reach’ young people, therefore other agencies, such as Careers, base staff within the YOT.
We also employ a worker from REMEDI, the South Yorkshire based restorative practice service. We have staff from Stonham Housing and Drugsense and also employ victim liaison officers, whose responsibility is solely towards the victims of youth crime.
We have access to CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and, possibly uniquely, employ a learning disabilities nurse.
Our partnerships beyond our own officers are many and varied, and include arts projects and restorative justice partners (mostly voluntary and environmental groups where young people can put something back into the community). We also work with the Fire and Rescue Service, RSPCA, Driving Standards Agency, NSPCC, Action For Children and the local Youth Justice (Attendance) Centre, based in Dewsbury.
Across West Yorkshire we work collaboratively with the other four YOTs in the county. We are actively involved with the Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) and have good working relationships with the staff and management in the ‘Secure Estate’, Wetherby and New Hall YOIs and Leeds Secure Children’s Home.
In pursuit of reducing youth crime we will explore any useful partnership which will have an impact. Perhaps our most important partnerships are with the volunteers from Kirklees who work with young people as mentors and those who sit on referral panels who work on behalf of local communities in order to have a direct impact on youth crime.