Wirral Youth Offending Service (YOS) provides a service for young people aged 10 to 17 who have been involved in offending behaviour. It is a multi-agency service, made up of social workers, youth justice workers and staff from education, police, probation and health.

The youth justice role within the YOS, supervise young people who have been referred by the police for out of court disposal and those sentenced by the Court. Assessments of need, risk, safety and wellbeing are undertaken and appropriate interventions designed and delivered. These include offence-focused work, reparation, support for education, training and employment, mentoring service, substance misuse work and health-related support (school nurse and CAMHS).

Parents and carers can be offered support through the YOS parenting service. Victims of youth crime are consulted, and the YOS will arrange for reparation and other forms of restorative practice (if appropriate) to be carried out to include the victims wishes.

The YOS also provides an Out of Court Disposal (OOCD) service for young people who have been arrested for less serious offences, admitted their guilt and it is agreed that diversion from the CJS is a more appropriate option.

This work includes: victim information, assessments of need, risk, safety and wellbeing are undertaken, and appropriate interventions designed and delivered. These include offence-focused work, reparation, support for education, training and employment, substance misuse work and health-related support (Criminal Justice Liaison Diversion and CAMHS) and restorative practice (if appropriate) to be carried out to include the victims wishes.

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YOS Prevention Service (YPS)

YOS prevention work is completed on a voluntary basis with young people aged 8 to 18 years who are involved in or at risk of involvement in anti-social or offending behaviour.

Referrals for the YPS can be made on the basis of addressing areas of concerns such as: behavioural problems at home, in school or in the community.

The YPS work is delivered on a one to one or group work basis. It engages with young people and their families using restorative practices to address risk and vulnerability issues to prevent offending and anti-social behaviour. It enables young people to make appropriate lifestyle choices and increase their own safety and wellbeing alongside support from YPS and other agencies if required. Young people can also access, as part of  YPS, our own mentoring service.

YPS interventions can include sessions on actions and consequences, anger management, peer pressure and self-esteem. Interventions are personalised using a holistic assessment that informs the needs-led support programme for each young person. YPS interventions have a planned intervention timescale of up to 12 weeks once each young person and there family have committed to engaging to the programme. Intervention includes signposting to universal services or service partners during the YPS intervention or as part of each young person exit plan as required.

The YPS programme can also provide limited diversionary activity interventions during evenings and school holidays linked to improvements in behaviour and as a complement to any 1-1 or group work complete whist engaging on with YOS prevention service.

Who is eligible and how can I make a referral to Prevention Services?

In order to be eligible for support young people must present with a combination the following issues:

  1. young person is involved in anti-social behaviour and at risk of offending
  2. behavioural problems at home, school and in the community
  3. issues at school – educational, behavioural, attendance etc. Are they at risk of fixed term or permanent exclusion?
  4. there are concerns regarding substance misuse, mental health, sexual health or teenage pregnancy risks
  5. there are concerns around family relationships or family breakdown
  6. any other risks or vulnerabilities

If you are a professional and have concerns about a child or young person, regarding ASB or offending, please complete a Request for service form and email it to: [email protected]

Volunteer opportunities at the Youth Offending Service (YOS)

Mentoring is a service offered to young people throughout the YOS. A young person is matched with a volunteer mentor, who will act as positive role model and can offer support and guidance to the young person to focus on making positive steps away from offending.

Who is eligible and how can I make a referral for the Mentor Service?

The young person’s case manager will carry out a detailed assessment of their needs and may decide that a Mentor will be beneficial. It is a voluntary relationship for both the Mentor and Mentee. It is not part of a court order.

How can someone apply to be a volunteer at the YOS?

New intakes of volunteers are regularly required by the service. Mentors are trained for five days and expected to volunteer with us for a reasonable amount of time to use their training accordingly.

Please contact Carl Loughlin, Volunteer Coordinator, to register your interest: [email protected]

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