AYM joins forces with ACDS

17 September 2015
The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers (AYM) have today, Wednesday 16 September, submitted a formal response to the consultation issued by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) on an in-year reduction to the Youth Justice Grant (YJG).

Both Association’s fundamentally disagree with the proposals put forward to reduce the Youth Justice Grant (YJG) by an additional £9million and warn that cuts will have a direct impact on youth offending services.

Alison O’Sullivan, President of ADCS, said: “Early intervention and preventive work underpins the success of Youth Offending Teams (YOTS) and is a crucial part of keeping our children, young people and communities safe before problems escalate. Some YOT’s have already seen a 40% reduction to their budgets and have responded by pooling their resources in an effort to protect outcomes. To propose further in-year reductions is unreasonable and will directly impact the delivery and effectiveness of services leading to poorer outcomes for vulnerable young adults. Savings of this scale cannot be made particularly when these haven’t already been budgeted for. Government must recognise that further reductions to funding will have a clear impact on the local preventative offer and on what we may or may not be able to do in the future.”

Gareth Jones, Chair of AYM, said: “It is a supreme irony that a model for effective and efficient public service such as youth offending services which has been successful in cutting youth crime and thereby reducing numbers of victims as well as saving the public purse many millions of pounds is being starved of the necessary investments to continue to deliver high quality high value services. The cuts will mean increased costs to the public in the medium to longer term in both financial and emotional and physical harm. We think the scale and thoughtless nature of these considerable cuts are doomed to backfire with ordinary people ultimately paying the costs. This is a strange way to incentivise success.’’

Read the full consultation submission from ADCS and AYM