Cumbria Youth Offending Service is one of 155 Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in England and Wales. At a national level, the Youth Justice Board has a statutory duty to monitor the effectiveness of the youth justice system and give advice to ministers. In order to fulfil its duty, the Board sets performance targets for Youth Offending Services and monitors their work. The Board provides additional financial support to Youth Offending Teams Partnerships in the shape of ring-fenced grants to promote good practice and/or to develop new services.
Located within the County Council's Children's Services Directorate, Cumbria Youth Offending Service remains a discrete service with responsibility for its own budget and planning. The Youth Offending Service (YOS) is represented on a range of partnership groups and strategic boards, ensuring a balanced approach between a focus on children and young people, and the criminal justice system.
Cumbria YOS is overseen by a Management Board, the Management Board provides strategic direction and coordinates the provision of youth justice services by Cumbria Youth Offending Service and partner organisations. The Board is made up of appropriate representatives who attend and participate in meetings. The Board ensures the provision of accurate and timely data returns, both for its own use and that of the national Youth Justice Board. It gives support and guidance to YOS manager and holds them to account. It ensures that the Youth Justice Plan is implemented.
Youth justice services require a high level of skilled face to face contact with young offenders, their families, their victims and those who have to pass sentence in our courts. Our staff are our greatest asset and the partnership is committed to further improvements in its arrangements for the induction, training, supervision and appraisal of the staff who work in the YOS.