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Wider Impact thanked for delivering an independent evaluation of the role of West Midlands Police Youth Crime Officers.The overall aim of the work has been to carry out an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the Birmingham based Youth Crime Officers (YCOs) in relation to their prime objective of reducing youth offending by enforcement and intervention measures. The final report has provided recommendations on the ‘way forward’ for the YCOs, with particular reference to ensuring innovative and best use of valuable resources, and ensuring a clear demonstration of ‘Value for Money’, supporting the outcomes of the Youth Offending Service and West Midlands Police.

Sergeant Tom Dobrovic of the Safer Birmingham Partnership says, – “I am very grateful to Wider Impact for their comprehensive report with reasoned recommendation, which will enable West Midlands Police and Birmingham Youth Offending Service to further develop the crucial role of the Police Youth Crime Officer to achieve the joint aims of preventing and reducing offending by young people. The dedication and commitment displayed by Wider Impact in compiling the evidence for the evaluation has been impressive, and the level of engagement at all levels of both organisations by Wider Impact has been exemplary.”

The Head of Birmingham Youth Offending Services, Dawn Roberts says, “A very thoughtful and constructive independent report that provides West Midlands Police, Birmingham YOS and the YOS Management Board with positive feedback on the current strengths of the Youth Crime Officers role, along with clear recommendations to increase their impact further. I have been impressed by Wider Impact’s approach – getting to the ‘front line’ and engaging with service users and parents as well as taking views from inside and outside the YOS. I am also grateful to colleagues in the external YOTs who took the time to open their doors to Wider Impact Director Edwin Lewis.”

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Wider Impact Consultancy, Edwin Lewis