Youth Justice Team (YJT)
The Pembrokeshire Youth Justice Team (YJT) consists of:
- A Manager
- Two Senior Practitioners
- Case Managers (trained youth workers)
- Police seconded officer
- Probation seconded officer
- Substance Misuse workers
- Victim Liaison Officer
- Reparation Officer
- Outdoor Activities Instructor
- Performance and Information Analyst
- Pembrokeshire Youth Administrator
- Youth Justice Team Administrator
The Youth Justice Team manage all young people who are subject to Court Orders and out of court disposals. The young person will be required to attend regular meetings with their case manager which will focus on their offending and factors that may reduce the likelihood of the young person reoffending. Referrals to other agencies will be made where appropriate.
Youth Justice Team case managers respond to the needs of young offenders in a comprehensive way. The Youth Justice Team assesses the needs of each young person, using a national assessment tool. This is to identify the specific problems that make the young person offend, measures the risk of serious harm they may pose to others and their own safety and wellbeing.
The Youth Justice Team provide intervention identified through this assessment process. Young people’s strengths/ diverse needs are identified and built on. Case managers will also prepare reports such as court, Referral Order Panel and out of court panel reports
The Youth Justice Team also provides intervention to prevent young people from potentially offending and from anti-social behaviours (ASB). A Prevention Assessment is completed to inform the intervention plan. This is following a prevention referral from concerned professionals or parents. This work is undertaken as a voluntary agreement between young person and their parent/carer.
YJT advocate Restorative justice and will seek to bring those harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for the harm into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward. This is part of a wider field called restorative practice and can involve both a proactive approach to preventing harm and conflict and activities that repair harm where conflicts have already arisen. In some cases a facilitated restorative meeting can be held. This enables individuals and groups to work together to improve their mutual understanding of an issue and jointly reach the best available solution. But in many cases a less formal approach, based on restorative principles, may be more appropriate.
Email Prevention-Referrals@pembrokeshire.gov.uk for more information.