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.
Our young people act as the volunteers for the RNIB, taking their “Sooty” mascot money boxes to local venues such as cafes and shops, asking the community to help raise money for this charity.
They would then count and bank the money collected empowering the young person, helping them gain practical, social and key skills and provide much needed support to make a difference in their community and to the charity as a whole. The young people have taken pride in this project, learning about the charity and the good work it carries out for blind and partially sighted people and how charities rely on the support of communities and individuals to make a difference.