Youth Offending Service

3. Early intervention

Stockport's Early Intervention team offers voluntary support for children and young people who are at risk of becoming involved in criminal or antisocial behaviour.

The team work to reduce the number of young people coming into the Youth Justice System. They identify children and young people at risk of becoming involved in offending behaviour.

Referrals are accepted from families themselves or partner agencies such as schools, police, Community Safety Unit and children's social care.

Once the young person is referred to the Early Intervention team, they're allocated a prevention officer. The prevention offer will complete an assessment with the young person and their parents/carers. They will then draw up a plan of work to reduce the likelihood of them committing offences.

The Early Intervention team works with:

  • children and young people aged 8-17 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 will work with the young person's school and any other organisations to provide a complete support package.