Northumberland Youth Justice Service

Northumberland Youth Justice Service is a multi-agency service that helps prevent children and young people from offending.

Northumberland Youth Justice Service is a multi-agency service consisting of social workers, police officers, probation officers, and programme workers, as well as health, education, and parenting staff. We also have a Liaison and Diversion service.

The service helps prevent offending by working with children and young people, aged 10-17, and their families.

When a young person is given an 'out of court' disposal, or sentenced in the Youth Court/Crown Court, a youth justice service (YJS) worker will complete an assessment. Following this, an intervention plan based on the young person’s strengths and assessed risk will be agreed with them and their family/carers.

These interventions will:

  • challenge offending and anti-social behaviour
  • support young people to take personal responsibility for their behaviour
  • help young people to achieve their goals.
Appropriate referrals are made to other agencies and services to provide specialist interventions. This process will help the young person’s needs to be met, and will promote positive outcomes for them, their family, and the community.

Contact us
If you would like to contact the youth justice service, please use the following details to get in touch:
Telephone: 01670 536400
Email: northumberlandadolescentservices@northumberland.gov.uk
The youth justice service has responsibility for:

  • ensuring young people who offend are dealt with swiftly and in a manner that is proportionate to their offending behaviour
  • assessing young people and reviewing this on a regular basis in line with expected standards
  • delivering all community supervision interventions in line with the Youth Justice Boards National Standards, risk led practice, and the Key Elements of Effective Practice
  • working in partnership with other professionals to deliver programmes of supervision that address risk factors and build on desistance factors
  • ensuring that Courts are provided with high quality services and reports to enable them to make informed, balanced decisions when sentencing
  • ensuring that victims directly affected by crime can be involved in restorative practice
  • ensuring that communities directly affected by crime benefit from young offenders making ammends for the harm they have caused
  • ensuring that young people, where appropriate, are assessed and diverted from the criminal justice system as early as possible, through Liaison and Diversion services
  • ensuring that appropriate referrals are made for high risk cases through the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and integrated offender management teams
  • working with the wider community through community payback, with a focus on reassuring communities and strengthening community cohesion.
Please click here to find out more about the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.
 
If you would like to contact the Northumberland Youth Justice Service, please use the details below to get in touch: