4 April 2018

Sheffield City Council’s Youth Offending Team has been nationally recognised for its work with young people with special education needs.

Sheffield is just one of ten local authorities to be given the award by the education charity Achievement for All.

The award is part of a Department for Education project, to share best practice for young people with complex needs, across the youth justice sector.   Education for All has highlighted Sheffield City Council’s partnership work with health agencies and schools, and their work with secure children’s homes and custodial establishments to arrange meaningful education, training or employment to help young people adjust to life when they leave.

Carly Speechley, Director of Children and Families at Sheffield City Council said:  “This award highlights the great work that our youth offending team are doing to reduce the numbers of young people with special educational needs  who end up in trouble with the police or in custody.

“Working in partnership with the police, the probation service, and the clinical commissioning group we have been able to identify special educational needs and disability issues earlier and are therefore better able to meet the needs of our young people.”