The Youth Offending Team (YOT) provides services to young people who come into conflict with the law or are at risk of offending behaviour.
The YOT is a statutory service and has the responsibility for attending local courts and overseeing court orders in line with National Standards set by the Youth Justice Board.
What we do
The YOT works with young people aged from 10 years (age of criminal responsibility) up to the age of 18 who have either:
- been sentenced at court
- received an out of court disposal or community resolution
- assessed as at risk of offending
The YOT work with multi agency professionals to engage young people and work alongside families and carers in order to assess, develop and deliver interventions and activities. Our aim is to reduce the risk of reoffending and mitigate concerns in relation to safety and wellbeing.
Where required, the YOT will coordinate comprehensive assessments and will provide reports for court and referral order panels. We will support young people and parents or carers through the court process in our roles as court officers.
Eligibility and referrals
For our prevention service, young people at risk of offending are usually referred by the police, schools, Children’s Social Care, or other agencies who have concerns.
However, we also welcome referrals directly from parents or carers and guardians. Please email email@example.com for more information.
For statutory services, where a young person has been arrested, received a summons to court or an out of court disposal the YOT would become involved following notification from Thames Valley Police and the courts.
Who we work with
The YOT comprises of a head of service, operational manager, senior social worker, statutory case managers, prevention case managers and an administration team. We work with other services in the council to safeguard children and young people and protect the public, referring to our link specialists in the YOT which include:
- health nurse
- CAMHS (Child and Adolescents Mental Health Service) worker
- speech and language therapist
- drugs and alcohol worker
- restorative justice co-ordinator
- parenting worker
- education worker
- police officer
Youth Justice Plan
The Youth Justice Plan is a 3 year plan that reflects the objectives of the partnership of youth offending organisations across the area and of the YOT.
DocumentYouth Justice Plan 2021 to 2022
For information on youth courts, see Criminal courts on GOV.UK