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Youth Justice team awarded SEND Quality Mark

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The AfA SEND Quality Mark awarded to The Tower Hamlets and City of London Youth Justice Service

A team helping young people in Tower Hamlets get back on the right path after contact with the criminal justice system has been awarded a Quality Mark for its work with young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Quality Mark recognises the success of the Tower Hamlets and City of London Youth Justice Service in linking up different services and introducing innovative new approaches to prevent reoffending.

These include the appointment of a Youth Justice Champion within the SEND Education Team, the roll-out of Emotion Coaching training, and the development of a self-assessment tool to help young people make their voices heard.

The educational charity Achievement for All bestowed the award on the team as part its Fishmongers’ Company-funded Youth Justice project. The Tower Hamlets and City of London Youth Justice Service achieved the Quality Mark less than a year after starting work on the project thanks to the excellent progress made in ensuring the needs of young people with SEND are met.

Councillor Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth Services and Education at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “For young people with special educational needs and disabilities, it is especially important we work across different agencies and services to provide the support they need. We’ve built on our strong work to date to ensure that our services are collaborating as closely as possible. We’re very proud that our hard work has been rewarded with the Quality Mark and will continue to focus on the best outcomes for our young people to help them stay on the path away from reoffending.”

Joe Piper, Education Officer at Tower Hamlets and City of London Youth Justice Service, said: “It has been brilliant to see the progress we’ve been able to make over the past year through our work with Achievement for All. By working more collaboratively with the other services that support each young person we work with, we can add more value and take things to the next step, which ultimately leads to better outcomes.”

Posted on Wednesday 2nd June 2021