Children’s Spending Review: Remodelling of Youth Offending Service

Over the past few months, three options have been drawn up for where these savings could be made and shared with statutory partners. A key decision was made approving one of the options which would achieve a recurring annual saving of £677,700 from the Youth Offending Service budget from 1 April 2019.

The Youth Offending Service is restructuring responding to national policy developments, taking into account the recommendations from the Charlie Taylor Report on Youth Justice and the Government response which is also impacted by reduced funding from central government to the local authority. The proposed changes reflect and consider a year on year reduction of young people entering the youth justice system (60%) and young people reoffending (46%) since 2012/13. These proposals are intended to place the YOS establishment on a sustainable financial footing.

A staff organisational review subject to consultation will commence from Monday 3 September until Sunday 18 November. Details of how you can get involved, with background information about the process can be found below.

A summary of key proposals to deliver a reduced staffing model for the Youth Offending Service (YOS) that meets the statutory requirements of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the requirement to deliver youth justice services with statutory partners the Local Authority, Police, Probation Service and Health.

Summary of key proposals

It is not envisaged that the current offer to young people and their families will be impacted as the staffing structure has not reduced alongside the substantial reduction of the youth offending cohort over the past six years.

  • Implement a reduced staffing structure which will continue to deliver the main activities of a YOS which include:
    • pre-court interventions including a daytime and out of hours appropriate adult service
    • youth cautions and youth conditional cautions, pre-sentence reports for young people appearing before both youth magistrates and crown courts
    • post sentence supervision of all young people aged 10-17 sentenced by the Courts for criminal offences
    • community reparation and restorative justice work with young people who offend
    • work with the victims of youth crime and young people involved in anti-social behaviour
    • supervision of all young people who receive custodial sentences and alternative to custody sentences including Intensive Supervision and Surveillance
    • work with young people both during their custodial sentence and following their release and resettlement back into the community
    • statutory parenting orders
  • Maintain the ‘Junior Attendance Centre’ to support young people who are subject to reparation orders to attend this provision.
  • Maintain a citywide presence alongside utilising local community venues.

The consultation

There will be an 11 week consultation on these proposals with staff and trade unions which begins on Monday 3 September and ends on Sunday 18 November 2018.

The project board / service overview

A project board led by myself will oversee the implementation of the review and proposals. The proposals within this review if implemented will result in a reduced and remodeled service delivering full year savings by 1 April 2019.

Please note the proposals to reduce the staffing structure will be subject to a full staff consultation process. Trade unions will continue to be updated via the regular trade union meetings with the head of service and the divisional and strategic directors.

Further information

The Youth Offending Management Board will be updated on developments of the review and there is also representation from YOMB on the project board. in There is a dedicated email address where any queries and comments can be sent to: yosremodelling@leicester.gov.uk


Developing new working relations between the City Council and the VCS

Open dialogue sessions between the City Council and local VCS groups and organisations continue later this month. These are being led by Cllr Mustafa Malik, Assistant City Mayor with oversight of the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Cllr Malik has been tasked with refreshing, renewing and reshaping the City Council’s relationship with the VCS. His intention is to develop a robust way of working together that can meet the challenges and opportunities not only of the present, but also the future.

The next two sessions are aimed at representatives of VCS groups and organisations based in Humberstone and Hamilton, Thurncourt or Troon wards, or with an active presence in one or more of those wards.

Please reserve a free place at your preferred meeting via the Eventbrite link. There is no need for anyone to attend both meetings as they will have the same content and format. Other meetings will be held shortly for VCS groups and organisations based in other city wards or with an active presence in those wards – continuing till the end of this year. There’s nothing to stop you from attending one of these two meetings, if you’d prefer.

If you have any queries or comments about these meetings, please contact George Ballentyne, VCS Engagement Manager at Leicester City Council: vcs@leicester.gov.uk; 0116 454 4146 


New social investment fund to focus on supporting sustainable development of community sports organisations

Sporting Capital is a new social investment fund that focuses on supporting the sustainable development of community sports organisations.

The £3m fund is the first of its kind, and offers investment in the form of simple, repayable loans of between £50k to £150k. 

The loan is ideal for an organisation that wants to:

  • Make a difference in the community through sport, physical activity or in a sport setting
  • Grow and become more sustainable by generating more or new income

More details are available in the attached flyer or on the website (www.sportingcapital.org.uk). 

Grant funding can be accessed if support is required to help organisations be ready to access loan funding


Next Steps mentoring programme helps unemployed people to become work ready

The ‘Next Steps’ mentoring programme aims to equip unemployed individuals with skills to become more work ready through a friendly and informal Thursday lunch club. The programme runs for 8-10 weeks from the charity’s Support Centre (Highfield Street, Leicester, LE2 1AB).

The programme includes:

  • Teaching on topics such as: moving forward, self-esteem, handling stress, assertiveness, employability and forming healthy relationships
  • An opportunity to receive one-to-one mentor support during the course
  • An opportunity to gain work experience and a reference to take with you to a potential future employee

Next Course Starts: Thursday 20th September
When: 12.30pm-2pm
Where: Open Hands Support Centre (next to the charity’s Compassion Centre), on the corner of Upper Tichborne Street and Highfield Street, Leicester, LE2 1AB


NatWest WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise 100)

Pioneer’s Post is on the lookout for women across the UK who are leading the way in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business.

Nominations have opened for this year’s NatWest WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise 100), recognising 100 of the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise. 

Now in its second year the WISE100 List, which launched on International Women’s Day last year, is delivered by Pioneers Post in partnership with NatWest and the NatWest SE100 index – the index of the UK’s top 100 social enterprises.

This year, in addition to welcoming general nominations, we are particularly interested in women in the following categories:

  • Women running £1m+ turnover social businesses
  • Women running early stage social enterprises (organisations under three years old)
  • Women from black and minority ethnic communities
  • Women working with refugees
  • Women working in finance

Megan Peat, CEO of NatWest Social & Community Capital, said:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the WISE100 for the second year. NatWest has supported the social enterprise sector for over 20 years and through our Women in Business programme provides dedicated support to female entrepreneurs. Recognising the huge commitment and achievements of the many female social entrepreneurs is an opportunity too good to miss”.

WISE100 nominations are open from 17 August until 2 October. A panel will narrow down those put forward to produce a final WISE100 List.

These 100 women will then be invited to a special celebration event on 29 October at Coutts on The Strand, in London, as well as being featured on Pioneers Post.

Questions about applying can also be sent by email to the team at Pioneers Post.


Ministry of Justice consultation on probation reform

Justice Secretary David Gauke has announced plans to change and improve the current Probation system and invest £22 million in extra support for offenders leaving prison.

  • Government is strengthening offender supervision in existing CRC contracts and investing an extra £22 million each year to improve through-the-gate support
  • CRC and NPS areas to be aligned – improving joint working and strengthening ties with key partners, including the third sector, local authorities and PCCs
  • Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts will end two years early in 2020, with plans to work with the market to design new and improved contracts.

The Ministry of Justice are currently running a consultation on what probation reform could look like. They are keen to get the perspective of the voluntary sector, in areas such as

  • Supervising offenders and delivering the sentence of the court
  • More effective rehabilitation of offenders
  • Preparing prisoners for life in the community
  • A workforce with the right training and skills
  • Improving system integration     
  • Working more closely with partners 

The survey is designed in a way which means you can complete the parts relevant to you as well as the option to add additional information, giving you the opportunity to talk about the work you do, for example supporting local organisations to integrate with probation services, and what you could be doing in the future.

The MoJ wish to gather as many views as possible, so feel free to share with anyone you think should have a say. The survey closes on 21 September 2018


Charity Finance Group Gift Aid Awareness Day

Gift Aid generates £1.3bn for the UK charity sector, yet around £600m still goes unclaimed – money that could be going towards our beneficiaries and contributing to an even greater impact.

Charity Finance Group (CFG) has been proud to be an advocate for charities on the subject of Gift Aid and lead the sector in empowering charities with the knowledge and tools they need to get the most out of Gift Aid, through their conferences and events, small charities programme, comprehensive member briefings and webinars. 

CFG’s Gift Aid Awareness Day on Wednesday 3 October, 2018 aims to help explain the Gift Aid process for volunteers and donors, encouraging those who kindly donate to #tickthebox and help us ensure that every pound goes as far as possible for charities all over the UK. 

To help raise awareness of Gift Aid amongst your donors, you can help by:

  • Sharing, retweeting, posting across social channels on Wednesday 3 October
  • Distributing CFG resources to your relevant marketing lists
  • Flag up with us any resources of your own that might be of value to our members/network that we can promote on Gift Aid Awareness Day
  • Sign post to upcoming Gift Aid Conferences in Birmingham, Manchester and London

Prior to the day CFG will send you a Gift Aid Awareness Day pack with infographics you can share and a Gift Aid FAQ sheet to help promote the day.


SHIRE Community Grants – Round 3 Deadline

The deadline for Round 3 of the SHIRE Community Grant programme for 2018-19 is fast approaching!

Eligible organisations (including charities, voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprises and Town/Parish Councils) can apply for grants of up to £10,000 and/or smaller grants of up to £3,000 for community based projects and activities that improves the lives of vulnerable/disadvantaged people and communities.

We are particularly interested in funding new and innovative projects that will: 

  • Improve the lives, health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and communities in Leicestershire
  • Provide early intervention and prevention based solutions which help to reduce demand on Council services
  • Complement existing services already being delivered

The deadline for Round 3 is Monday 10th September 2018 at midnight.

Organisations interested in applying for a grant should contact the Grant Officers to discuss their project proposal before completing an online application form.

To discuss your project proposal, or for more information about the SHIRE Community Grant programme, contact the Grant Officers:

shiregrants@leics.gov.uk
(0116) 305 7269 or (0116) 305 7020