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Prevention and pre-court

What is Youth Offending and Prevention Support ?

The Youth Offending and Prevention Service help children and young people avoid becoming involved in anti-social or offending behaviour.

Children and young people who are referred for support are assessed to find out what support they need.  A plan is written together with the family and the children/young people which will help to identify what  sort of work that is needed.

The aims are:

  • To help young people at an early stage so they can stay on track in the future.
  • To make sure the right agencies work together to best support your family
  • To address any underlying symptoms for their behaviour

Requests for involvement can be made by any agency for a young person meeting the below criteria.

Upon allocation the YOS Officer will contact the parent/carer and referrer to arrange a home visits and begin the assessment process which will help to identify a plan.

If the case is deemed as unsuitable we will notify you.

Referral Criteria for Intervention

Young people between the ages of 8 to 17


  • are already offending but who have not been arrested or charged
  • or
  • are engaging in anti-social behaviourand
  • are exposed to four or more of the following risk factors.
  • Sibling or child of known offender
  • living in a deprived household
  • inconsistent parental supervision
  • parents/carers failed to show care
  • difficulties with educational provision
  • not using leisure time constructively
  • associating with pro-criminal peers
  • engaged in reckless activities
  • impulsive
  • easily bored
  • lacks understanding of the consequences of own actions

If you would like to make a request for support please complete the children social work service referral form by clicking the link below.

Childrens Social Work Service Referral form