What is the Youth Offending Service?

BATHNES Youth Offending Service is a multi-agency service, comprising staff from Education, Social Care, Health, Probation and the Police. We work closely with partner agencies including, Local Authority Social Care, SEND and Children Missing Education services, Police, schools, colleges and other providers, Project 28 (Young Peoples’ Alcohol & Substance Misuse Service).

The aim of the Youth Offending Service is to prevent offending and helping young people who have offended to get the help and support they need to become valued and productive members of society and to repair harm they might have caused.

When a young person begins to work with the YOS, a full assessment is conducted. This includes an educational report highlighting any SEN needs they may have. We also access information from the Education, Health and Care Plan if a young person has one, and will work closely with the SEND Lead Practitioner. This is to ensure that interventions can be delivered appropriately and meet individual need.  All young people are screened for Speech, Language and Communication needs and our Speech and Language Therapist can support access to assessment; tailor their support plan to match their SLC needs.  All young people receive a general health assessment from our YOS Nurse.

 

Who can access the Youth Offending Service?
YOS is not an open access service, it is for victims; young people (and their parent- carers) aged 10 – 17 years of age (plus some 18 year olds, dependent upon Order, vulnerabilities, level of need), who have received either an Out of Court Disposal from the Police (e.g. Police Caution) or being convicted in a Court and receiving Court Order. 
 
Compass is our preventative service that works with young people aged 8 – 17 years of age who are at risk of offending.   Compass works with young people and their families / carers on a voluntary basis.  This service is accessed through referrals from those that work with young people (schools; Social Care etc.) and also self-referrals from families.  
 
Parents:
 
  • Support and advocacy for EHC plan assessment requests, EHC plan reviews and transition while working with YOS.
  • Other support for parents/carers in securing appropriate education or training placements for their children.
 
Young people:
 
  • Apart from the services/programmes delivered internally by YOS Case-Managers, specialist workers and support staff, YOS can also refer young people onto specialist services such as Project 28 and CAHMS. 
  • Where there are issues with engagement or progress in education, including where special educational needs do not appear to being met, YOS will convene and chair ‘Team around the Child’ meeting to review progress and agree actions required or contribute to other existing forums such Statutory Social Care meetings.
  • YOS offers support with accessing, and in some cases, setting up ‘positive activities’.
  • Support for young people in accessing facilities to integrate them into their communities such as Youth Clubs, sports clubs, specialist support groups.
 
Victims:
 
  • The YOS contacts named victims of offences when the young people who have offended are being assessed, to update them on what is happening and offer them an opportunity to be involved in the work undertaken. This could be indirectly through provision of information and views or directly through mediated dialogue or a face-to-face meeting with the young person concerned
 
Where is the Youth Offending Service based?

BATHNES Youth Offending Service and Compass are both based at 12 Charlotte Street, Bath, BA1 2NE.

The hours of service are: 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Friday’s.

 

How can I access the Youth Offending Service?
YOS cannot take individual referrals.
There are two access routes into our service:
 
  • Out of Court Disposals, which are a pre-court disposal which came into force in April 2013 under The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act e.g. Police Caution. 
  • The other primary route is via the Courts when young people are made subject to YOS Bail packages or sentenced to a Referral Order or Youth Rehabilitation Order. 
Compass accept referrals through the following ways
 
 
Contact information
 

BATHNES Youth Offending Service
12 Charlotte Street, Bath, BA1 2NE
01225 396 966

Email:  youth_offending@bathnes.gov.uk

Carla Cooper – Operations Manager
Alan Douglas – Deputy Manager

 

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