Youth Justice Referrals
We believe in harnessing the power of sport to bring about positive change in the lives of young people who may be at risk of offending or who have already begun to offend.
To introduce a young person to our one of our community sport projects please complete the form below.
Safer TogetherCreating Partnerships For Positive Change
This guide has been developed in order to facilitate shared understanding between partners who are working together to develop creative ways to harness the power of sport to bring about positive change in the lives of young people who may be at risk of offending or who have already begun to offend.
Over the past three years, Stoke on Trent Youth Offending (YOT) have used sports and outdoor activities to engage young people to divert them away from anti-social behaviour, and crime. We have seen many positive outcomes for young people who have been involved in sporting activities. We as a service have seen real benefits for young people involved in sporting activities and how sport strengthens positive relationships between young people and Staff. Involvement in sport raises self-esteem and promotes healthy lifestyles for young people and diverts them away from crime. It’s a win win situation for all involved in sport!
James was referred to the Youth Offending Team for being involved in anti-social behaviour and low-level crime, he joined the football group that was organised by Youth Services, and YOT. He was a regular attender and his confidence and self-esteem grew, he began to build positive relationships with staff and began to influence other group members. He went on to take part in a mentoring programme and also completed a referee’s course. James continues to take part in refereeing and has managed to stay out of the Criminal Justice System.
Rob Morrey – Service Coordinator, Stoke-on-Trent Youth Offending Services