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Welsh Government/Youth Justice Board joint strategy to improve services for young people from Wales at risk of becoming involved in, or in, the youth justice system

This joint strategy brings together the Youth Justice Board and Welsh Government’s vision and commitment to improve services for children and young people from Wales at risk of becoming involved in, or who are in, the youth justice system. It provides the Youth Justice Board, Welsh Government and those delivering youth justice services with a coherent framework through which the prevention of offending and re-offending by children and young people can be achieved. It builds on the approach and achievements delivered under the All Wales Youth Offending Strategy 2004 (AWYOS)2 and its subsequent Delivery Plan 2009.

1This Strategy is underpinned by a number of key principles and sets out eight high level outcomes which should be the main focus of those involved in delivering services to children and young people in contact with the youth justice system. It outlines the priority areas and the delivery mechanisms the Youth Justice Board and Welsh Government have to help realise our vision for youth justice in Wales.

The priorities are:
1. A well-designed partnership approach.
2. Early intervention, prevention and diversion.
3. Reducing re-offending.
4. Effective use of custody.
5. Resettlement and reintegration at the end of a sentence.

Delivery mechanisms to achieve this are:
1. Supporting the youth justice sector to develop effective practice.
2. Overseeing and supporting the youth justice sector.

The strategy will be implemented through the development of a delivery plan. This will enable the Youth Justice Board and Welsh Government to monitor the implementation of the Strategy, ensuring it remains relevant and is able to respond to the changing needs of youth justice practice and how services are organised and delivered.

The Strategy will be reviewed and updated to reflect any implications for youth justice services in Wales as a result of The Report of the Commission of Public Service Governance and Delivery4 and The Report of the Commission on Devolution in Wales, Empowerment and Responsibility: Legislative Powers to Strengthen Wales.