The pre-court intervention team will work with children and young people aged between 8 and 17. The aim is to stop them becoming involved in crime by providing help and support at the earliest opportunity.
Once the youth offending service worker has met with the young person and their family, a plan is worked out and could include the following types of work:
Referrals can also be made to specialist workers within the team, which include substance misuse, health and integrated target youth service.
The actions will be different for each person. For example, if a young person has problems with anger, they may be put on an anger management programme or if they are getting involved with drugs, they would meet with a substance misuse worker. There are also opportunities to get involved in more fun activities.
Case study: Paul, aged 13
"When I started messing around, I was just bored and didn't think there was anything better out there. The pre-court intervention team helped me to get involved in sport and I'm now playing for my local football team and hope to play professional football one day. The staff in the pre-court intervention team have given me belief in myself and made me realise there is more to life than getting drunk and causing trouble."
To find out more about pre-court intervention, call 0161 607 1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.