The Youth offending Service (YOS) are separate from the police and the courts. We work with children and young people that get into trouble with the law.
This may be because the young person or child:
- gets into trouble with the police or is arrested
- is charged with a crime and has to go to court
- is convicted of a crime and given a sentence.
We look into the background of a child or young person and try to help them stay away from crime.
- run local crime prevention programmes
- help young people at the police station if they’re arrested
- help young people and their families at court
- supervise young people serving a community sentence
- stay in touch with a young person if they’re sentenced to custody.
Who we work with
We work alongside:
- the police
- probation officers
- health, housing and children’s services
- schools and education authorities
- charities and the local community.
Worried about a child or young person?
If you are worried about a young person’s behaviour or want further information contact us.