....Nicky Gunter is the restorative justice team manager for the tri-borough youth offending team. Because there is a shared service, she says, restorative justice has become a priority in all three boroughs with dedicated resources, and standards have improved.

"I noticed the value in working like this straight away. Before the work was much more fragmented as the other work in the YOT took over and we also had staff shortages. It's also meant that we have been able to sit down and start from the beginning and say 'This is how it should be done properly'."

The changing shape of youth offending teams is being monitored by the Youth Justice Board. Its chief executive, John Drew, says it is "keen to learn from the best examples".

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