APST Oversight Board

The Oversight Board will ensure that the APST carries out its key functions with young people on the edge of or within the criminal justice system including:


Engagement in education, training and employment

Access to out of hours youth services

Access to health services, including SaLT and CAMHS

Access to family support

Access to restorative practice

Board members will challenge and support keeping 3 key questions in mind:

1. What difference is the APST making?

2. What difference do children and families feel this has made?

3. How do we know?


In addition, the APST will support capacity building within the staff team at MSPRU providing ongoing CPD to the wider team including;

· Knowledge and understanding of the Youth Justice system

· Continued support for a communication friendly school

· Embedding of Trauma- informed practice


2. Function

The role of the APST Oversight Board is to ensure that the taskforce delivers its principal aim of preventing serious violence by young people. Membership will comprise of partners (Police, Health and Social Care) and other agencies (e.g. Education, Third Sector organisations) that can make a significant contribution to this agenda. Members will be officers or representatives with sufficient seniority to be able to provide significant challenge and support. The APST Oversight Board will be chaired by Andrew Burton, Executive Head at MSPRU.


Members will be equipped with sufficient knowledge of youth justice and the vulnerabilities of the PRU cohort to understand the performance challenges. Individual members will promote the youth crime prevention agenda, as appropriate, in other partnership groups.

The Oversight Board will ensure that the APST is adequately allocating and reporting on resources, as per DfE stipulations. This will include periodic reviews of project spend.

The Oversight Board will actively monitor APST performance and impact, recommending corrective action in response to under-performance. The Board will ensure that all duties, requirements and responsibilities around safeguarding children and young people at risk of offending are fulfilled by all partnership agencies.

The Oversight Board will oversee the APST phase planning processes and, wherever possible, support sustainability beyond the 2 year lifespan of the project.


3. Board Membership

· Colin Rigby, MSPRU Head

· Carolyn Derbyshire, Virtual School

· Tom Lang, Youth Justice

 -Karen Bailey, Speech and Language Therapist (Clinical Lead)

· Lacey Foster, Remedi (Restorative Practice Provider)

· Damian Dallimore, Head of Serious Violence & Organised Crime

· Julie Heslop Stategic Lead Youth Justice and Early Help 

· Ami Wilcock, Complex Safeguarding GMP

· Andrea Daubney - Deputy Director of Education.

· Hannah Smithson Professor of Criminology and Youth Studies MMU


4. Frequency of meetings

Meetings will take place termly, commencing Spring 2022. Themed APST meetings may be planned more frequently to consider specific issues/challenges and to which other appropriate representatives will be invited.



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