What is the Youth Offending Service?
The Youth Offending Service (YOS) is a multi-agency team which works with young people and families to address factors that lead to offending behaviour (age 10 to 17).
The YOS is made up of practitioners from:
- council staff
- London Community Rehabilitation Company
- drug and alcohol service
- children and adults mental health services (CAMHS).
The principle aims of the youth justice system are to:
- prevent young people getting into crime
- reduce the number of first-time entrants to the system
- reduce re-offending
- reduce the amount of young people within the youth secure estate
- safeguard young people from harm
- protect the public from harm
- repair the harm caused by youth crime
The role of the YOS includes:
- working with young people who have been convicted of offences
- working with young people who have received out of court disposals
- helping young people and their families at court
- working with the parents of young people who offend
- working with the victims of crime
- supervising young people serving a community sentence
- working with a young person if they’re sentenced to custody
It outlines processes that young people may become involved in and provides information to their parents or carers as well as their victims.