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Youth Offending Team (YOT)

The YOT Team comprises staff from Social Services, Police, Probation, Education, Health and Drug Services.

This team is a law enforcement agency and part of the criminal justice system. It also works with young people at early stages of offending, or who may be at risk of crime or anti social behaviour.

The team also has seconded staff placed in Downview Young Women's Institution (YWI). The YOT contributes to the wider preventative agenda for children and their families to prevent offending.

The Team's work with young offenders aged 10 to 17 years includes:

  • Supervision of young offenders sentenced by the courts.
  • Prevention of offending and the risk of re-offending in young people.
  • Work with young offenders to face the consequences of their offending behaviour, and assist them to understand the impact of their behaviour on their victims, their families and themselves.
  • Work with young offenders in making reparation to the victims of crime and with parents of young offenders, reinforcing their parental responsibilities.
  • Work within the YWI to ensure the young women's needs are met while in custody and to ensure that appropriate plans are in place for there released back into the community.

Youth justice - action plan orders

The Action Plan Order was created by the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act as a way of dealing with young people between the ages of 10 and 17, who have to be dealt with by the Youth Court.

Youth justice - final warning

The Final Warning was created by the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act as a way of dealing with offences committed by young people aged 10 to 17, provided that the offence is not so serious that it needs to go to court.

Youth justice - implementation of orders

An order is made by the Courts when someone is found guilty of an offence. It details what punishment people must receive for their offences.

Parenting orders

Parenting Orders can be given to the parents/carers of young people who offend, truant or who have received a Child Safety Order, Anti-Social Behaviour Order or Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Youth justice - court procedures

A rundown of court proceedings for young people.

Youth justice - reparation orders

The aims of a Reparation Order are to prevent you from further offending, by helping you to understand the effects of crime on the victim and to make amends.

Supervision orders

A Supervision Order is a sentence which requires you to be supervised by a member of the Youth Offending Team. Once the order has been made your co-operation and the support of your family are essential if it is to be of use to you.

Community rehabilitation order

A Community Rehabilitation Order was previously called a Probation Order. It is a Court Order, which is made to help you to avoid further offending. It can last up to three years.

Referral orders

Since April 2002 a Referral Order has been available to the courts, changing the way in which first time young offenders are dealt with. Referral Orders will be given to most 10 to 17-year olds pleading guilty and being convicted for the first time in Court.

Preventative services - young children

One of the best and most cost-effective ways to reduce youth crime is to prevent young people from getting into trouble in the first place, by dealing with the problems that make it more likely they will commit crime or anti-social behaviour.

Bail - accommodation

When the court adjourns a case (moves the case to another date), it will usually decide to remand the young person, particularly when they are charged with more serious offences.

Bail - information and advice

Bail can be granted by the courts or the police. Where bail is granted, the person released from custody until the next date when they attend court or the police station.

Community reparation orders

Community reparation orders explained.

Referral from prosecution scheme

A referral order is given to a young person who pleads guilty to an offence when it is his or her first time in court.

Drug treatment and testing orders

The Drug Treatment and Testing Order is used for young offenders who have drug misuse issues that require treatment.

Means enquiry reports

Means enquiry reports are used to determine a family's financial situation in the event of a sentence incvolving a heavy fine.

Parole reports

Parole Reports are prepared by the Youth Offending Team Officers, who work closely with young offenders serving custodial sentences.

Probation - social service support

Someone who is placed on probation will have to keep regular contact with their social worker and comply with all conditions of the order.

Social enquiry reports

Courts frequently ask for a Social Enquiry Report or a 'background report' to be prepared about an offender.

Offender support and supervision

It is estimated that out of 1 million active offenders nationally, 100,000 offenders have 3 or more convictions and are responsible for half of all crime. The active offender population is not static, 20,000 individuals leave this pool every year and are replaced by another 20,000 offenders. It is generally accepted that the most active 5,000 of this group are responsible for 10% of all offences.