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Youth offending

The primary aim of the multi agency Youth Offending Service (YOS) is to prevent offending and re-offending by children and young people aged 10 to 17.

The YOS is made up of professionals from a variety of agencies. The team includes a:

  • senior social worker
  • police officer
  • health worker
  • education worker
  • training and employment officer
  • substance misuse worker
  • case managers
  • restorative justice coordinator

We provide services for young people aged 10 to 17 who have offended and are sentenced by the Youth or Crown Court, to be supervised in line with the conditions of their Youth Justice Court Orders. The service is provided with consideration for the victims of these offences.

The YOS also has a prevention service which aims to identify children and young people early, who are at risk of offending and help them to avoid entering the youth justice system.

What we provide

Depending on a young person's assessed needs and circumstances we offer the following services:

  • help to deter young people away from offending and re-offending
  • help for parents to manage their children's behaviour
  • help for persistent offenders to change their thinking and behaviour and to desist from offending
  • allowing young people to make amends to the victims of their offences
  • support to young people on bail to help prevent re-offending
  • support for young people remanded or sentenced to custody, and supervision and resettlement following release

Youth Justice Plan

The Youth Justice Plan reflects the objectives of the partnership of youth offending organisations across the area and of the YOS. It is a 3-year plan which is refreshed annually.

The performance framework for the plan is based on the performance measures issued by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, indicating their national priorities for youth offending services. These measures are designed to show how effective our services are, how well they are developing, and how well it is being monitored.

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How does this plan benefit me?

The plan will help you to see what services we are planning to deliver in the future to tackle youth offending. It details our targets and what we will be doing to achieve them along with national performance measures to make sure we are doing things properly.