On this web page you will find information regarding Northumberland's Youth offending service.
The Northumberland Youth Offending Service Works with young
people aged between 8 and 17 years old who have offended or are at
risk of offending. The Services main aims are to stop offending and
The vision of Northumberland Youth Offending Service is to
prevent offending by young people in the County through joint work
with our partners, to deal effectively with the causes of
offending, to improve outcomes for young people and help them live
crime free lives.
The service also recognises its responsibilities towards the
families of young people, victims and local communities and will
ensure its approach is balanced to take account of the impact of
youth crime on those directly affected. Our work is based on a
belief that children and young people can change through a multi
agency response which reflects the diverse needs of individuals and
communities. We are committed to protecting the public by balancing
needs of children and young people with the rights of victims and
the wider community.
Northumberland Youth Offending Service is currently graded as
“performing excellently” by the Youth Justice Board.
The 2 Key Targets of the Service are to prevent offending and
We have achieved a 4.2% reduction in re-offending against the
baseline set in 2005. The overall aim is to reduce re-offending by
10% by 2010/11 Based on the 2005 baseline
The number of First Time Entrants into the Youth Justice System
has reduced by 26.4% since 2005
The service effectively targets high risk offenders as part of
the Governments Prolific & Priority Offender strategy. Latest
figures in relation to a group of young people being tracked as
part of the deter strand show an 80% reduction in frequency and a
40% reduction in the seriousness of offending within this group.
Northumberland has also seen a fall in the number of offences
committed by young people by 17% since 2007.
The service is overseen by a Partnership Board which sets our
strategic direction and monitors our progress and performance. The
YOS is based in Ashington and delivers a service throughout
It is staffed by approximately 65 full and part time staff drawn
from Social Care and Health, Probation, Police, Education,
Connexions and other statutory and voluntary agencies. Delivery of
the service is through 4 Functional Teams: Prevention, Early
Interventions, Case Management and Court Services. In addition 4
sub Teams form part of the service: Parenting, Intensive
Supervision & Surveillance Programme, Family Intervention
Programme and Victim Liaison.
The Youth Offending Service is made up of staff from a range of
Northumberland Youth Offending Service
2 Armstrong Way
North Seaton Industrial Estate
Telephone: 01670 852225
Fax: 01670 854193
There are a number of Court Orders which will require a young
person to make amends for the harm or damage they have caused. This
is referred to as ‘reparation’.
Reparation is designed to help young offenders understand the
consequences of their offending and to take responsibility for
Ideally, reparation work will relate directly to the offence and
the person most affected by it. For example if a fence was damaged
or used for graffiti, the Young Person would repair the damaged
Sometimes, you may not want this to happen or the damage may not
be so easily repaired. In these circumstances, the Youth Offending
Service will arrange for the young person to do reparation work in
The Fire Station is a positive place for Young People to do
their Reparation. The Fire fighters normally like to talk to the
People we take there, this helps engage the Young Person in the
work that they’re doing. This can be especially helpful if the
Young Person has shown a lack of understanding about any of the
Northumberland’s coastline is enjoyed by locals and tourists
alike, the beach gets a lot of use, especially in summer and during
school holidays. Litter is either left or is washed up on the
shoreline. We would normally have one or two Young People out
picking at a time along with a supervisor from the Youth Offending
Service. Each session will last for 3 hours and we often get more
than 5 full black bags of litter picked from the beach and the
surrounding areas. We cover quite a big area so a good amount of
exercise is involved. This work can sometimes go unnoticed as
people expect the beach to be clean but it’s surprising to see the
difference it makes.
Reparation can take place at a number of Community Centres
within the County each providing there own tasks and duties.
Amble Boy’s Club
Hexham Community Centre
The Allotment is a very positive placement for Young People to
attend. It is now in its second year after being well established
in 2009. The vegetables need planting and caring for whilst they
grow. When it comes to harvesting time, the vegetables are picked
and given away to local care homes. Some are kept to cook at an end
of season BBQ. Other tasks are involved throughout the year and
parts of the allotment are still being built as well as maintenance
of the shed, poly-tunnel, and greenhouse and raised beds.
The QE2 is mainly an outdoor placement, the majority of
being clearing pathways and gardening. We will also do other
tasks as required by the School. Last year, we cleared a large
amount of leaves which had fallen during autumn and had gathered on
the roads, pathways and amongst the bushes and shrubs. The work
vastly improves the appearance of the grounds and is essential
given the amount of leaves that fall during autumn. Other work is
carried out at the request of the Caretaker
Blyth Valley Council occasionally has properties that need
tidying for tenants or before new tenants move in. These placements
come up from time to time and can give quite a bit of work when
they do. Normally it involves clearing gardens of items left from
previous tenants or clearing foliage. Although this work may be
unseen by the community, it can give some tenants, especially more
elderly tenants, their garden back
The Woodhorn Colliery Museum has various tasks for Young
People to complete, both indoor and outdoor tasks are included.
The majority of our work here is spent maintaining the grounds
which is essential work for a monument so entrenched in local
history and culture.
The Youth Offending Service often runs placements at the request
of a local group to undertake one-off pieces of work. Recent
examples include; Painting the 5 a’ side hall at Amble Boy’s Club
in preparation for it’s re-opening, removing and painting over
graffiti on underpasses in Cramlington, removing and painting over
graffiti on Stakeford Bridge and decorating rooms for the Child
Protection Agency in Bedlington. These tasks come up from time to
time but they often need completing within a certain time scale.
The Victim Liaison Worker will be able to inform you of current
projects or take suggestions of projects you know of which may
benefit from our help.
The Youth Offending Team works together with other professionals
and organisations to stop young People offending and to help their
parents and carers. In order to do this the Youth Offending Team
workers have to obtain information from other people or
organisations and also share information about the young people we
are working with. The following information should help you to
understand these arrangements.
In order to give you the help you need, and also to be able to
account for the work we are doing, we have to record information.
This may be in the form of:
These may be written notes in a personal file held by your Youth
Offending Team Worker. Other People working in the Youth Offending
team who have contact with you may make notes in the file, for
example, our Health Worker, Education Welfare Officer, Police
Officer or indeed, Volunteers working with you. Also in that file
will be copies of any documents relating to you such as court
reports, court orders, and lists of previous convictions ect.
The Youth Offending Team holds personal details on a
computerised case management system. The Youth Offending Team also
hold case notes on the computer. We are increasingly making use of
the computer to hold our case information. The use of the computer
enables the Youth Offending Team to find information about you more
easily, which may be helpful to you. The computer also enables us
to provide statistics to account for the work we do.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have a right to see
information held about you. If this involves disclosing information
about another person normally that person will be asked for her or
his permission to disclose that information.
To see your record you should make your request in writing to
your Youth Offending Team worker or his or her team leader. Your
Youth Offending Team Officer will help you writing this letter if
you like. If you cannot or do not want to ask your Youth Offending
Team worker or there team leader, you can ask someone else to do it
on your behalf, but they must be able to produce evidence that they
are acting on your behalf.
The Youth Offending Team may need to share information about you
with other professionals or organisations who provide a service to
you, for example your school or college, the Health Service or
Housing Department. We may also need to share information about you
to protect your safety or to safe guard others. This will only
happen if it is considered absolutely necessary.
The Youth Offending Team may have to share information about you
because of something the courts do which requires it. For example
you are sent into secure accommodation or given a Detention Centre
Any Professionals, Youth Offending Team members or staff who has
access to information about you are bound by confidentiality laws
and Professional codes of conduct.
Statistics and information may be used for audit and research
purposes and to assist service planning. In all circumstances this
information will be made anonymous.
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