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Hakan Pettersson obtained a Diploma in Social Work from Sheffield Hallam University in 1994. From 1994 up until 2000 I worked for Reed Care as an agency social worker in a number of different settings mainly with young people in care
Hakan started to work for the Youth Offending Service in Leeds 2000 and for the majority of this time he has been based in the specialist court team. This has given him extensive experience of providing advice to solicitors, magistrates, barristers and the judiciary on the legislation that dictate how both the youth court and Crown Court can deal with young people that come before them. He has also spent some time working around the city directly supervising young people subject to orders imposed by the courts. Before he came to the Youth Offending Service Hakan worked for the Probation Service in Leeds and before that for the Probation Service in South Yorkshire dealing with mainly adult offenders.
Working at the Youth Court in Leeds Hakan has discovered that there is a limited knowledge and understanding of the orders the courts can impose. He has written to provide a foundation for anyone that wants to work with young people in the criminal justice system, be it for the defence or prosecution in court or anyone working with young people at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system. It will provide up to date information on changes and how they are applied by the courts in Leeds
Hakan originally comes from Sweden and came to the United Kingdom permanently in 1986. The last two years in Sweden he worked in the prison service in a maximum security prison managing the recreation and social training activities within the prison.
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