Youth Offending Service

6. Courts

Court Officers from the Youth Offending Service (YOS) attend youth court.

If a young person receives a sentence, Court Officers will inform them and their parents about who to report to, where and when.

Officers also:

  • make assessments on suitability for bail and remand
  • present reports
  • inform the court of the progress of young people on orders
  • present information on breaches of court orders on behalf of the YOS

The court may decide to bail a young person to attend a future court hearing with conditions. This could include:

  • a curfew which means they'll have to stay away from prosecution witnesses or co-defendants
  • report to the Police station on certain days and certain times
  • attend a programme of support from the YOS to address welfare concerns and help prevent reoffending

The court may also remand a young person to the care of the council. They become a looked-after child for the remand period. Social services will identify a suitable placement for them.