The strategy for deterring youth crime has moved forward with the announcement of a 50 million pound fund for changing the behaviour of offenders. Youth offending teams, set up under the Crime and Disorder Act, are invited to apply for grants which are designed to encourage and reward good performance and innovative developments. The aim is to prevent young offenders becoming tomorrow’s hardened criminals.
Youth offending teams are at the forefront of joinied up working. They are made up from local agencies including probation, social services, police, education, health, youth services, the fire service, and Victim Support and other voluntary organisations. They cover all local authority areas. Local authority chief executives chair a multi-agency group of senior people from the participating local agencies who oversee management of the teams.