The Youth Offending Teams work with young people who have come into contact with the Youth Justice System, their mission is to improve their quality of life, and provide the correct support to ensure each young person has the opportunity to make a change in their, possibly dangerous, behaviours and views. The Teams have the ethos “Child first, Offender second” and work hard to ensure that each and every child that comes through the system receives tailored, safeguarding need, Criminogenic need, mental health and many more types of support.
Their work is underpinned by restorative justice principles and trauma informed approaches, interventions are bespoke to the individual and are based on assessed risk and need, challenging criminal activity and anti-social behaviour and supporting young people to take personal responsibility. The Youth Offending Teams also work with the victims of their offences to repair the harm caused to them and the wider community as a whole.
The Youth Offending Teams consist of a range of professionals including intervention workers, police and probation officers, social workers and specialist roles. They work together to support young people and families with a range of issues including emotional wellbeing support, accessing appropriate education and training, accessing health services, supporting speech language and communications needs and parenting and whole family support.