Youth Offending Service manager shortlisted for national award

The manager of the Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly Youth Offending Service has been shortlisted for a national award.

Michaela Rogers, who has managed the service since 2012, has been nominated as Criminal Justice Champion as part of the Howard League Community Awards.

The awards recognise people and projects that keep children and young people out of the criminal justice system, and reduce their risk of reoffending.

She was nominated for the award by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, which contributes funding to the Youth Offending Service in Gwent.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “Michaela has proven herself to be an innovative, strong and caring leader, and under her management the Youth Offending Service in Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly has gone from strength to strength.

“She is continually looking at ways to improve services, prevent children offending, improve their life chances and keep communities safe.

“Michaela is already recognized in Gwent as a criminal justice champion and I would like to wish her all the best for these awards.”

Michaela said: “I am humbled, honoured and extremely thankful to have been nominated for the award by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. To be recognised and held in such high regard is both a privilege and pleasure.

“It’s very exciting and I am looking forward to the Policing the Community Conference and Community Awards 2019 event on the 12November 2019 in London when results will be announced. Whatever the outcome the experience has been amazing.”