Spearheaded by the Youth Offending Team, the strategy better integrates the work of various units including the Integrated Gangs Unit, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), schools the police and participation in projects like the Custody Pilot with Ealing Council, which is designed to keep young people out of cells.
Westminster Council works hard to keep your streets safe for residents including preventing youth offending. Our Youth Offending Team work with young people who have broken the law to prevent them from reoffending, encouraging them to choose a different path in life and staying out of prison. The team also work with those at risk of committing crime to prevent first time entrants to the youth justice system. Due to the excellent work of the Youth Offending Team in recent years, the numbers of young people offending and re-offending in Westminster are at their lowest ever levels. Young offenders are offered mentors and supported into employment, education and training.
Commenting on the success, Westminster’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Danny Chalkley said “It’s tragic when our youngest residents find themselves on the wrong side of the law. We actively seek to lay out a better future rather than leaving young people with problems to a life of crime, deprivation and underachievement. I’m delighted that due to the hard work of the Youth Offending Team, far fewer young people are committing crime.”
"It’s tragic when our youngest residents find themselves on the wrong side of the law. We actively seek to lay out a better future rather than leaving young people with problems to a life of crime, deprivation and underachievement."
Councillor Danny Chalkley