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Case study

Polaroid picture of Billy

 

“Billy went on to become

a confident young adult

who successfully moved

into employment when

he turned 17.”

Billy's story

Billy was referred to the Reporter by police when he was 15 years old with approximately 20 offences, ranging from breaking into cars, to breach of the peace. He started offending after getting involved with a local gang.

He had real problems communicating, while drug and alcohol issues were seriously affecting his life. At a Children’s Hearing, he accepted all the offences which included smashing up his family home. The Hearing made a Compulsory Supervision Order, which his mother and her partner fully supported. Billy’s family agreed to work with him to ensure he stayed away from the gang.

One of the main features of Billy’s Compulsory Supervision Order was that he was placed on a work experience programme which identified an aptitude for garage work. He really enjoyed this and his life settled down. His family moved to a new area where he made new friends and left his gang days behind him.

Billy remained on Supervision until he was almost 17 years old. The Reporter who dealt with his case, said he went on to become a confident young adult who successfully moved into employment as an apprentice mechanic when he turned 17.

Photograph posed by model. Names have been changed to protect identities.
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