Restorative Justice and Supervision Manager (2010-January 2019)
North Somerset Youth Offending and Prevention Service
Howard worked for the North Somerset YOT until 11/1/19 when he left to take up post with The Methodist Church.
He was responsible for management and oversight of the Referral Orders and for reparation and restorative justice (RJ). Howard remains a qualified trainer in RJ.
Howard met regularly with the Police Criminal Justice Inspector to assess options for Out of Court disposals for young offenders, particularly influencing cautioning decisions and acquittals.
Until the closure of the local custody unit and transfer of custody to Bridgwater/Filton units, Howard managed the Appropriate Adult service for North Somerset and remained the on call Appropriate Adult for Bristol Airport until he left the service.
He is a member of the Institute of Criminal Justice Practitioners (MICJP)
Howard conceived, planned and secured the provision of an education programme for young people who had been excluded from both mainstream and specialist education providers (including PRUs and residential units). This programme was particularly successful with all young people referred to it leaving with some form of qualification and moving on to either further education or employment.
Serving on the North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board as the YOS representative on behalf of the Service Manager, Howard also acted as a School Governor for the Voyage Learning Campus (Pupil Referral Unit).
Since 2015 he also managed the Young Victims' Service having secured funding from the Office of the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner to develop this desperately needed Service. Before leaving he secured ongoing funding for this service.