Youth offending service

Who we are

We work with young people who get into trouble with the law.

We are made up of a team of specialists, including:

  • social workers
  • probation officers
  • police officers
  • reparation workers
  • victim workers
  • mental health practitioners
  • education workers
  • speech and language therapists
  • youth offending team officers
  • volunteer community panel members

We also work closely with other specialist services such as Y-SMART – Devon’s drug and alcohol service for under 18s and Careers South West.

What we do

If you commit an offence, we will speak to you about what happened and how we can help. We will agree a plan with you, and help you to change your behaviour so that you can move on with your life, and, where necessary, get back to college or school.

Who the service is for

The service is available to young people aged from 10 to 17.

Usually, the police contact us when someone has committed an offence and we work with young people who are given a court order. However, sometimes family members and friends contact us if they are worried about young person’s behaviour and we always try to help where we can.

The Youth Justice Legal Centre has produced some useful videos for young people to explain police stop and search, what happens after arrest and what to expect at the youth court.

Please contact us in confidence if you have a question or a problem.

What happens if I commit an offence?

What happens if you are caught breaking the law

What happens if I go to court?

What to expect if you have to go to court

Victims of crime and restorative justice

The process of bringing offenders and their victims together to find a positive outcome