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
- 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
- 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.