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The Youth Offending Team (YOT)

Preventing young people from offending, or reoffending

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The YOT work with young people (aged 10 to 18) with the aim of preventing them from offending, reoffending, and helping them to engage in activities to fulfil their potential.

The service is made up of social workers, an education worker, a police officer, health workers, probation and restorative justice workers. The team involves people from these different agencies to help access the services young people need to help turn them away from crime. Through close multi-agency and partnership working, the YOT is committed to keeping crime low and diverting young people away from the criminal justice system.

What we do

The YOT:

  • work with young people who have received an out-of-court disposal from police, or who have been to court for an offence, and the court has ordered them to work with the YOT
  • provides reports for the court to advise on what services are available, to assist in decisions about sentencing for young people
  • provides services to parents to help them respond to any difficulties their children have
  • work with victims of youth crime, offering advice and information, and an opportunity for the effects of the offence to be made known to the young person, either directly or indirectly.

Further information about the YOT

The leaflets listed below explain the different aspects of the Youth Offending Team, including information for victims and parents:

You can also view our annual Youth Justice Plan.

Contact us

You can email us at, or call us on 01635 553 600.

Our privacy notice sets out how we use your information.

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