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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Youth Offending Team

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The principal aim of the youth justice system is to prevent crime by children and young people. The Youth Offending Team (YOT) has a key role in making our communities safe.

Stockton-on-Tees Youth Offending Team is a multi-agency service that incorporates staff from Stockton Council (Social Care and Education Services), Cleveland Police, the Probation Service and local health services. We often work in partnership with other services such as criminal courts.

The Youth Offending Team is responsible for the supervision of young people subject to pre-court interventions and statutory court orders.

We deliver a range of services which are designed to:

  • Prevent children and young people from offending
  • Reduce reoffending by children and young people and to protect the public from harm
  • Safeguard children and young people
  • Support young people and families to take responsibility for their behaviour
  • Enable young people to mature into law-abiding adults in the community
  • Understand and meet the needs of victims of youth crime

If you have a query about the Youth Offending Team and the services we offer, please contact us.

Visit the GOV.UK website for further information on Young People and the Law.

 

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice puts the victim(s) of an offence at the heart of the youth justice system.

Restorative justice can play an important role in reducing reoffending, helping victims and increasing public confidence in the youth justice system by:

Holding young people to account so that they will take part in repairing the harm they have caused and will learn from the experience

  • Giving victims a voice and reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Engaging members of the local community
  • Reinforcing parental responsibility

Restorative justice is not a soft option, many offenders find it difficult to face the consequences of their crimes. Research shows that most victims who participate in some form of restorative justice process find it helpful and are satisfied with the outcome.

Once a young person has been sentenced at court, a specifically trained worker from the Youth Offending Service will contact the victim to explain the sentence that the young person has received and to offer support to the victim that may go some way towards repairing the harm that has been done by the offence.

Victims are offered a range of opportunities to take part in the restorative justice process.

We welcome suggestions for reparation and unpaid work tasks from members of the community that meet the following minimum criteria:

  • It will benefit the local community
  • It will not take work away from others
  • No one will make a profit from the work
  • It will be worthwhile and constructive

Contact the Youth Offending Team to suggest a suitable project.

 

Get Involved

The Youth Offending Team actively seeks volunteers from the community to help in our work.

Volunteers will be trained to be Community Panel Members and we would ask you to commit to the project for at least one year. The time spent sitting on Panels can vary dependent upon your existing commitments.

Referral Orders were introduced in 2002 for all young offenders convicted of their first offence. Community Panel members meet with the young person, their parents / carers and sometimes the victims to draw up a contract to address their offending behaviour. The contract is designed to prevent young people from reoffending but also to make some reparation and amends to the victim or the community affected by their crime.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in helping to reduce crime in their area.

Please follow our social media accounts to engage with Youth Direction.