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Youth Offending Team (YOT) - A criminal justice multi-agency public organisation supervising young people who are also young offenders (and working with their parents / carers and their victims).
We aim to prevent young people from offending or re-offending. We do this by developing consistent and effective responses to youth crime.
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities at the YOT, there are several options available.
Please see the Bristol YOT volunteering information page for more details and to complete an application form.
We work together with young people in the criminal justice system
Our team is made up of workers from a range of organisations including the city council, the police, the health service and the probation service.
- Responding to police reprimands and final warnings.
- Providing appropriate adults – trained adult volunteers who accompany young people who are in police custody and whose parents are unavailable.
- Attending and reporting to courts dealing with young people. Our reports provide information and professional opinion to help the courts deliver swift and well-informed justice.
- Providing bail support and supervision for young people awaiting sentence.
- Supervising young people serving their sentence in the community including intensive supervision surveillance programmes (ISSP).
- Supervising and staying in contact with young people in custody.
- Showing offenders the impact of their offending by involving them with victims and, where possible, arranging for them to make good the result of their crimes.
- By including them in what we do and supporting them to understand and respond to their responsibilities.
- Offering voluntary parenting interventions to provide support.
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When young people first get into trouble, behave anti-socially or commit minor offences, they can usually be dealt with by the police and local authority, outside of the court system, using a variety of orders and agreements. This is to stop young people getting sucked into the youth justice system too early, while still offering them the help and support they need to stop offending.
For more information please see the links listed below.
Who's involved at this stage?
When a young person is charged with an offence, they will appear before the youth court. If the case cannot be dealt with immediately, the court will make a decision as to whether the young person will be bailed or remanded into custody.
If a young person pleads not guilty, a date will be set for the trial when the magistrates will hear all the evidence and decide whether or not the young person is guilty. If the decision is guilty, they will then decide on the most appropriate sentence.
If the case is very serious, the youth court will send the case to the Crown Court for trial and/or sentence.
- Youth rehabilitation order.
- Referral order.
- Reparation order.
- Conditional discharge.
- Absolute discharge.
Who's involved at this stage?
- Youth Court.
- Crown Court.
- Crown Prosecution Service.
- Provides a court duty service to criminal courts in Bristol and surrounding areas.
- Prepares pre-sentence reports as ordered by courts about young people from Bristol.
- advises the courts and presents pre-sentence reports
- explains YOT services and possible sentence options, including bail and secure placements
- assists and advises young people and their families, helping them to understand the process and communicate with the court
- taking action against young people who breach their supervision
- Provides a bail support and supervision service
ISSP is the most rigorous non custodial alternative available for young offenders.
What is intensive supervision and surveillance (ISS)?
ISS is a mixture of punishment and positive opportunities, which provides the courts an alternative to custody.
ISS targets the most active repeat young offenders, and those who commit the most serious crimes. This can include those who have committed a serious single offence for example robbery or grievous bodily harm. It covers the age range 10 to 17.
Young offenders can be considered for ISSP if they appear in court for an offence that could lead to imprisonment and before their current charges have:
- been warned or charged on four or more occasions in the last 12 months for an offence that can carry a custodial sentence
- received a community or custodial sentence in the past.
Intensive supervision and surveillance is available as:
- condition of bail where the young person is at risk of remand into custody
- a requirement attached to a YRO
- a condition of a Notice of Supervision on release from custody.
Intensive supervision should always contain the following core elements:
- education, training or employment
- restorative justice
- offending behaviour
- family support
- interpersonal skills.
ISSP has two elements - supervision and surveillance.
Bristol YOT is linked to Bristol VQ Centre. This offers quality vocational qualifications in youth justice awards. The assessment centre is approved by City and Guilds to offer the Level 3 and 4 Youth Justice. Candidates interested in achieving a VQ must currently work within the youth justice sectors. They may be paid or voluntary workers.
Bristol Youth Offending Team Kenham House Wilder Street Bristol, BS2 8PD