On 19th March 2020, the Welsh government imposed measures to help to stop the spread of Covid-19. Due to this, we have had to close the Youth Offending Service office at Mamhilad House.
Staff are continuing to work from home mainly, but are completing face to face to contacts where necessary on the basis of risk and safeguarding (using social distancing), for Court Duty, Appropriate Adult requirement and urgent administrative duties. Our telephone lines have been re-directed so that Business Support can answer all calls, if anyone needs to contact us.
Young people and their families involved with the Youth Offending Service have all been contacted. Plans have been put in place to continue with their Court Orders, Out of Court Disposals, Community Resolutions and Prevention interventions safely whilst ensuring that appointments, reports and safeguarding are continuing despite the different format.
Our service has adapted by increasing the use of technology, being pro-active and creative to deliver a service to support young people and their families/carers during this time. For example, virtual panels and meetings have been taken place.
Some young people on unpaid work have helped with the Homemakers Community Recycling project, Abergavenny.
Homemakers is a recycling charity scheme that was set up to support people who have been left in a crisis situation or left homeless with no means to help furnish a home. The scheme promotes waste reduction through re use and recycling. The homemakers supervisors help educate our young people about recycling issues and benefits and the young people gain valuable practical and life skills at this project by carrying out a variety of tasks at the site.