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Hampshire County Council practitioners awarded Youth Justice Certificate

Monday, 04 November 2013

Youth offending team practitioners from Hampshire Youth Offending Team at Hampshire County Council have been presented with the 'Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate', following completion of the Youth Justice Board's degree level professional qualification.

The Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate is a course for professionals working in the field of youth justice, either in a paid or voluntary capacity. The course of study, delivered by the UNITAS charity, focuses on the role of the practitioner in making considered, informed decisions about interventions and how these can be used most effectively to ensure young people at risk of offending or re-offending are fully engaged and participate to enable a positive outcome.

Frances Done, Chair of the Youth Justice Board was at the County Council's headquarters in Winchester recently to present the following officers, with their qualification certificates:

Aysha Rahman, Parenting Support Co-ordinator
Jane Baldacchino, Restorative Justice Worker
Polly Butler, Family Support Worker

Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children's Services, commented: "This is a good example of how the County Council, as a key partner of Hampshire Youth Offending Team, continues to ensure consistent high standards for Children's Services. The commitment shown by these officers to undertake study, in their own time, that will benefit the work they do for the County Council and the young people of Hampshire is to be commended and I congratulate them on their achievement."

In presenting the certificates Youth Justice Board Chair, Frances Done said: "The Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate is the culimination of a theoretical and practical programme of study, which focuses individuals on developing professional skills. Those who successfully complete the course, will have a deeper understanding of the complex needs of the young people they support and be able to make more informed decisions about interventions they provide, which will better engage participants and ultimately prove more successful.

"With this in mind I am delighted to be able to present the three Hampshire Youth Offending team workers with their YJEPCs today, and would like to congratulate them for all their hard work and dedication."

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