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Youth Offending Service (YOS)

Youth Offending Service (YOS)

There is a Youth Offending Service (YOS) in every council in England and Wales.

They are made up of representatives from the police, probation service, social services, health, education, drugs and alcohol misuse and housing officers.

Each YOS is managed by a YOS manager who is responsible for coordinating the work of the youth justice services.

We work to:

  • reduce youth offending
  • protect the public and victims from youth crime
  • prevent re-offending

We do this by helping young people make better choices and decisions. We concentrate on engaging young people in positive activities, education, training and employment that will keep them safe, divert them away from crime and help them improve their life chances and opportunities.

We work with children and young people (between 10 and 18 years old) who come to the attention of the police and courts because of their involvement in crime or anti-social behaviour. We also provide early intervention services to prevent young people getting caught up in youth crime and entering the criminal justice system.

We provide a range of services including:

  • supporting young people and their families to try stop them from becoming further involved in crime and anti-social behaviour
  • working with victims to help keep them safe
  • reducing the impact of youth crime by restorative justice (ways of helping the young person make amends for the harm done)

The team includes a number of youth justice workers and partner agencies such as children’s services, education, substance misuse services, health, police and probation.

The team also has access to qualified health workers who can offer advice and support around physical, emotional and mental health. They also give advice on how to reduce drug use. They all have slightly different roles, and work together to provide a service based on the need of the young person.

Each young person who comes to the attention of the service is assessed to identify their own vulnerabilities, the risk of re-offending and the risk of them harming others.

The assessment is used to help plan work with the young person and his or her family. This is to reduce risks and promote the young person’s development and well-being. The service makes sure that if young people are vulnerable, it works with the right people to make them safe. Some young people may go to court and have sentences either in the community or in secure establishments. Either way, the Youth Offending Service will write a report and then work with the young person to help them complete the sentence successfully.

The service aims to:

  • provide a service to the police and the courts that is responsive to local need and works in partnership to address youth offending in North Lincolnshire as effectively as possible. 

  • provide a fast response to all young people who have offended or are at risk of offending. This is done by providing the interventions, help and support needed to prevent the situation getting worse, stop their offending and keep them safe.

  • encourage our young people to make amends to their victims and the community..

  • develop activities that increase opportunities for young people that will help them stop committing crime and avoid more serious offending whilst improving their options and life chances.

  • help young people and their families take responsibility for what has happened.

  • help young people get back into education, training or employment so that they can stay out of trouble, achieve their potential and become adults who are a valued part of society and no longer involved with crime.

  • prevent young people going to custody when they can be safely managed in the community.

We work with 10 to 18 year olds when they:

  • have been arrested
  • receive community resolutions, Cautions and Youth Conditional Cautions
  • are on bail or remand
  • appear in court and a report is requested
  • are sentenced to a criminal court order in the community
  • receive a custodial sentence
  • are arrested and enter a prevention programme
  • court order has ended but they need support to get back on track
  • are involved in drugs or alcohol and are at risk of being prosecuted for this or suffering harm
  • are identified as at risk of offending or committing anti-social behaviour
  • Service Manager (who is the Head of the Youth Offending Service)
  • Operational Managers
  • Probation Officer
  • Drugs and Alcohol Workers (DELTA)
  • Victim Liaison Officer
  • Case Managers
  • Graduate Mental Health Worker
  • Police Officer
  • Operational Support Clerks
  • Education and Inclusion Officer
  • Youth Justice Support Workers
  • CAMHS Worker (Child and Adult Mental Health Services)
  • Children in Care Social Worker
  • A team of youth justice court officers, case managers and support workers
  • Referral Panel and Volunteer Co-ordinator
  • Prevention Officer
  • Trained staff and volunteers who can deliver an appropriate Adult Service

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Contact details

yos.admin@northlincs.gov.uk
01724 298549

North Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service
Oswald House
74 Oswald Road
Scunthorpe
DN15 7PG

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 01/08/2017