Purpose of the Board:
- To provide strategic oversight and direction to the multi-agency Youth Offending Service.
- To co-ordinate the provision of Youth Justice Services by the Youth Offending Teams in Essex and to ensure the effective contribution by partnership agencies to support the aim of the Youth Justice System (as defined by the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act) the prevention of offending by children and young people.
Prevention strategies will be achieved by effective partnership working, improved access for at risk children and young people to statutory and community sector services and by appropriate identification of factors leading to an increased risk of offending. For those young people already in the Youth Justice system, the focus will move to programmes aimed at tackling assessed needs and safely managing identified risks.
Responsibilities of the Board:
- Ensure that there is a clear line of accountability for the Youth Offending Service to the Local Authority Chief Executive.
- Promote the integration of the Youth Justice Plan into wider relevant plans including the Children and Young People s Plan and the Local Area Agreements (such as Safer and Stronger Communities and Children and Young People s blocks).
- Ensure that the Board is made up of Senior representatives of Partner Organisations who attend and participate actively in the meetings.
- Ensure that the Youth Justice Plan is fully implemented.
- Regularly review, monitor and evaluate service information to ensure that the Youth Offending Service is contributing to improved outcomes for Children and Young People.
- Ensure that the service is equitable and takes account of the diverse needs of the people who both use the service and those such as victims, who benefit from the service.
- Regularly review the level and type of Partner Agency resource commitment to ensure that the Service is able to meet statutory responsibilities. As part of this, consider the overall resources available to the Service to ensure that most effective use is being made of available resources.
- Promote the needs of Children and Young People who are either at risk of offending or involved in offending by promoting equitable access to Service provision.
- Ensure that the Executive Group, which reports to the Board, is made up of sufficiently senior staff able to advise Board members of underlying issues in respect of data provision, financial reporting and staffing issues.
- Essex County Council
- Essex Police
- Health representatives
- Probation Service
- Courts Service.