The role of the Barking and Dagenham Youth Offending Team is to improve the lives of young people at risk of offending and social exclusion and those within the Criminal Justice System. Its aim is to reduce the high levels of young people in custody and to enable equal access to services for all.
The Youth Offending Team is a multi-agency operation comprising staff from police, probation, Adult and Community Services, education, and health. It works closely with young offenders and their parents or carers as well as with court, other criminal justice agencies and other organisations or groups that support young people and recognise the unique value and contribution that they make to society.
Other key providers and supporters include the youth service, education, training and employment providers, accommodation and leisure services and many voluntary sector agencies.
The Team is committed to the following outcomes:
- Prevent offending by children and young people
- To deliver evidence-based interventions in young peoples lives which enhance their opportunities
- To improve victim satisfaction
- To work with the local crime reduction strategy to reduce the fear of youth crime
- To achieve these outcomes irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability or sexuality of service users
The Youth Offending Team team is highly regarded within the borough as an example of an effective cross-cutting service, which is developing strong evidence of its impact upon young people at risk of offending, victims and the wider community.
If you are involved in any court orders or would just like to know more about a particular order please select 1 from the information pages below. Alternatively preventative services provides an overview of the collaborations with various local and community organisations to divert young people from offending.