It supervises and helps young people aged 10 to 17 who have committed offences, and works with them to help prevent further offending.
The Youth Offending Service is a partnership between our own children's services department (including the education service), Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Probation Trust and NHS Derbyshire.
The work can be split between the supervision of convicted offenders and working to prevent youth crime. The latest Youth Justice Plan is attached to this page.
The pre-court team (previously known as Youth Inclusion Support Partnership) works with eight to 17 year olds who are at risk of becoming involved in anti-social or offending behaviour. It primarily works with young people who are one or more of the following:
- known to the police, ASB Officers or housing providers
- in receipt of warning letters for their behaviour from police, housing or council
- being considered for an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) or currently on one
- in receipt of, or at risk of being given a Youth Restorative Disposal (also known as RJs)
- in receipt of a reprimand or final warning
The list is not exhaustive, so please discuss potential referrals with the pre-court team. Involvement of the team has to be in agreement with the parent or carer and the young person.
We have many opportunities for members of the community who wish to contribute to our work.
Volunteering with Derbyshire YOS enables members of the community to work with young people at risk of offending and allows them to get involved in solving community problems. It also creates a positive link between the community and these young people.
Volunteering opportunities with us include:
- referral order panel - panel members meet with young people and their families to agree a contract as part of a court order - victims may also be invited along to attend these panels
- Sporting Futures - young people are encouraged to get involved with a range of sporting activities supported by our volunteers
- Buddy Plus+ Mentoring - young people are encouraged to spend time discussing problems with a volunteer mentor
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact one of the local youth offending team offices:
tel: 01629 533190