Burglary Project wins award
The North Lincolnshire Youth Offending Burglary Project is one of eleven programmes across the UK to win an award at the Howard League’s Community Programme Awards 2012. The multi-agency programme came joint runner up in the Children and Young People category.
The Howard League for Penal Reform awards are given to the country’s most successful community projects and aim to increase public and government support for community sentences. The awards are designed to not only celebrate success but also to promote positive practice in the delivery of community sentences.
The Youth Offending Burglary Project provides intensive, bespoke interventions for up to twelve offenders who have presented as the most prolific in respect of burglary type crimes. Through the project they receive an enhanced level of intervention, monitoring and support from a multi-disciplinary youth offending team which is supplemented by input from specialist private sector provision and a range of community resources.
The project started in response to spiralling levels of youth crime during 2010-11 in North Lincolnshire, and specifically high levels of domestic burglaries and youth custody rates alongside a failure to manage individuals on bail. There was a great sense of urgency that the devastation caused in local communities by youth burglary had to be halted and that existing provision and inter-agency working was insufficient.
The aims and objectives of the project are:
- To reduce youth burglary and custody rates
- To provide a range of varied and effective community based interventions
- To develop inter-agency working to improve compliance and engagement
- To reduce the number of victims
- To make people feel and be safe in their community.
With thanks to the Howard League for Penal Reform for permission to use photographs from the awards event.