Organisation or Service
Description of activity
Barnet Youth Offending Service (YOS) is a statutory, multi-agency team, which works with young people, who have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced by the Youth Court to either a community or custodial sentence. The service will work with the young person for the duration of their Court Order. Every young person referred to the service undergoes an assessment, which identifies the particular risk factors for that individual. This helps produce a plan of supervision, which is implemented by members of the team. The team is made up of staff from the youth offending and probation service, education, parenting support and the police. In addition, the team has dedicated staff for substance misuse, access to adolescent mental health services and works with health, housing, children’s services, schools and education authorities. Young people will be required to attend the Youth Offending Service for supervision sessions with their allocated YOS Officer, one of the specialists within the team or from other relevant outside agencies. Work is delivered via discussion, worksheets, computer, DVD etc.to address the young person’s offending behaviour, victim awareness and any other relevant areas. Young people will usually also have to undertake some form of reparation either directly to the victim of their crime or to the wider community.
As a statutory service the decision about who can use our service is made by the Magistrates at Court when a young person is sentenced.