UK's Youth Offending Teams to go mobile

Forty-six Youth Offending Teams, which support and supervise young offenders, are moving to a web-based software system that will...

Forty-six Youth Offending Teams (Yots), which support and supervise young offenders, are moving to a web-based software system that will give them mobile and browser-based access to information.

A third of the UK's 154 Yots use an electronic case management and e-mail system based on Windows NT and Oracle 8 that they developed with software provider CareWorks over the past six years.

The existing system allows users to input and share information across different organisations. The upgrade will be rolled out over the next few months.

Each local authority in England and Wales has a Yot, which has representatives from the police, probation service, social services, health, education, drugs and alcohol misuse and housing officers.

"The system has good assessment tools so we can respond to changing government requirements," said Colin Wilson, chairman of the Yot user group.

"If [the system] is easy enough for me to understand, and I am not technical, the social workers and other staff will definitely understand it," he added.

Mobile services will be the next addition. "It would be ideal to send staff out with Blackberry devices," said Wilson.

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