Youth Offending Service
3. Early intervention
- offer voluntary support for children and young people who are at risk of becoming involved in criminal or antisocial behaviour
- work to reduce the number of young people coming into the Youth Justice System
- identify children and young people at risk of becoming involved in offending behaviour
Referrals are accepted from families themselves or partner agencies. For example; schools, the Police, Community Safety Unit and Children's Social Care.
Once a young person is referred to the team, they're allocated a prevention officer. The prevention officer will complete an assessment with the young person and their parents/carers. They'll then draw up a plan of work to reduce the likelihood of them committing offences.
We work with:
- children and young people aged 8 to 17 years
- children and young people who are involved in anti-social behaviour and/or at risk of offending or re-offending
- children and young people who are willing to participate in the programme, under a voluntary contract
We'll work with the young person's school and any other organisations to provide a complete support package.