25 May 2010

Young offenders are putting something back into the community by removing graffiti from street signs in Corby.

Northamptonshire County Council’s youth offending service, working as part of the Corby Community Safety Partnership, has enlisted young people to work on a project to remove graffiti from street signs and electrical junction boxes on the Exeter Estate.

The problem was identified by people living in the area and was suggested as a project for the young offenders as it not only resulted in the removal of graffiti but also helped them take pride in their local community.

Cabinet member for children and young people Councillor Andrew Grant said: "We are very pleased to see young people putting something back into the very communities where they've committed their offences. This is a practical example of our effective supervision of young people, and how they are held accountable for their actions.”

The Community Payback is a punishment handed out by the courts where offenders carry out unpaid work and put something back into the community.

Northamptonshire has successfully introduced and managed a number of community payback schemes including conservation work at Fermyn Woods Country Park and painting and maintenance at Rowan Gate Primary school in Wellingborough.

Northamptonshire Police Inspector Gary Williams added; “This is an excellent ongoing initiative, which will help improve confidence in the criminal justice system and allow communities to see the contributions different agencies are making to the success of the Corby Community Safety Partnership".

Additional information:

Community Payback or Reparation are the terms used to describe the tasks a young person will do, as part of their Court Order, to go some way to help repair the harm caused by their offending.

There is a youth offending team in every local authority in England and Wales. In Northamptonshire, it is made-up of representatives from the police, probation service, Northamptonshire County Council, health, drugs and alcohol misuse and housing officers.