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Bedfordshire charity that helped to cut burglaries by 87% wins national award

CRIMINAL justice charity YouTurn Futures has been named the winner of the Voluntary Contribution to Community Safety and Justice Award at the national Inspire Justice Awards, delivered by Skills for Justice.

The Bedfordshire-based charity, which was established in 2014 delivers Integrated Offender Management (IOM) across the county. This sees YouTurn co-ordinate a multi-agency approach (including police, probation, substance abuse and housing agencies) to manage people causing the most harm through burglary and high-volume offences.

Their efforts have helped countless offenders turn their lives around and has led to an 87% reduction in dwelling burglary across Bedfordshire by those managed under IOM in 2021/22. 

The YouTurn Futures team was presented with their prize at a glittering awards ceremony held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens yesterday (30 November). YouTurn’s Deputy Director Neil Waring comments:

“YouTurn is the only charity co-ordinating IOM nationally and adds value by its ability to be an unbiased independent broker that facilitates communication and efficiencies between partners. 

Stuart Smith, YouTurn’s Director said:

“We are delighted that the hard work, dedication and innovative approach of YouTurn and our partners in reducing reoffending have been publicly recognised with this prestigious award.”

This latest accolade comes hot on the heels of a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), which rated Bedfordshire Police’s approach to managing offenders as ‘Outstanding’, the first police force to receive this grading in this category whilst also acknowledging the contribution to this by YouTurn’s IOM.

The YouTurn team has also gained recognition for their work from government ministers and the Home Office.

Congratulating the team, Bedfordshire Police Acting Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst said:

“I would like to thank YouTurn for the contribution it is making to the force in relation to reducing re-offending.” 

The Inspire Justice Awards is sponsored by UNISON, Serve & Protect CU, Napo, SFJ Awards and Policing Insight. To find out more, please visit: https://skillsforjustice.org.uk/inspire-justice-awards.

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