December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Five young people who vandalised a church building were made to apologise in person and clear up the damage they caused.
The group of offenders were part of a triage programme run by Croydon’s Youth Offending Service.
The scheme works with non-serious offenders aged between 10 and 17, and helps support them away from a life in crime.
Croydon Council said that in the past four years the process has directed 1,246 young people away from the criminal justice system.
As part of the programme four boys, referred for criminal damage to a nursing home, also carried out reparation work and cleared snow from the home’s drives and paths, and a 12-year-old involved in drug running was helped to return to full-time education.
Cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Simon Hoar, said: “Triage gives young people a chance to turn their lives around.
“Often the triage workers are the first people that the young people and their families have discussed their problems with, and it encourages a very positive response.”