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The main 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 YOT is a multi-agency service that includes staff from the Council (Social Care and Education), Police, the Probation Service and local health services including CAMHS.
The YOT is responsible for the supervision and support of children and young people who receive out of court disposals, statutory court orders and custodial remands /sentences.
We deliver a range of services which are designed to:
- Help children and young people to stay out of the criminal justice system
- Reduce reoffending
- Keep children and young people safe
- Keep other people safe
- Ensure that sentence is served
If you have a query about the Youth Offending Team and the services we offer, please contact us.
Restorative Justice puts the victim at the heart of the youth justice system. It plays an important role in reducing reoffending, helping victims and increasing public confidence in the youth justice system by:
- Children and young people repairing the harm they have caused
- Giving victims a voice
Restorative justice is not a soft option. Many find it difficult to face the harm that has been caused. Research shows that most victims who participate in some form of restorative justice find it helpful and are satisfied with the outcome.
Once a child or young person has been sentenced at court, a specially trained YOT worker will contact the victim to explain the sentence and explore what support can be offered that may go some way towards repairing the harm that has been done.
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
Please contact the YOT with your ideas and suggestions.
The YOT actively seeks volunteers from the community to help us in our work and participate in our Community Panels with children and young people.
We will provide you with training to be a Community Panel Member and we will ask you to commit to the project for at least one year. The time spent sitting on panels will vary dependent upon your existing commitments.
Referral Orders are in place for children and young people convicted of their first offence. Members of the community meet with them, their parents / carers, and sometimes the victim, to draw up a plan to help them desist from crime and make amends.
This is a great opportunity for all those who wish to help reduce crime in their area and/or those seeking voluntary work with children and young people.