Youth offending teams work with young people that get into trouble with the law.
They look into the background of a 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 are 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 are sentenced to custody
Find your local youth offending team.
When you may come into contact with a youth offending team
The youth offending team gets involved if a young person:
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
Usually, the police are the first people to contact the youth offending team. But family members and friends can also contact them if they are worried about a young person’s behaviour.
Who youth offending teams are
Youth offending teams are part of your local council and are separate from the police and the courts.
They work with:
health, housing and children’s services
schools and education authorities
charities and the local community