Youth Offending Service

6. Courts

Court Officers from the Youth Offending Service (YOS) attend youth court. They inform young people and parents of the procedures if they receive a sentence such as who to report to, where and when.

They make assessments on suitability for bail and remand, present reports and inform the court of the progress of young people on orders. They also 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 including a curfew. This will be to stay away from prosecution witnesses or co-defendants. They will also have to report to the police station at certain times and to a programme of support from the YOS to address welfare concerns and help prevent reoffending.

The court may remand a young person to the care of the local authority. In which case they become a looked-after child for the remand period.

At this stage the local authority social services will become involved and will identify a suitable placement for the young person.