Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service

A Youth Offending Service is a ‘statutory partnership’ - the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 required Local Authorities to set up multi-agency partnerships to reduce re-offending by children and young people.  The age range in the Youth Justice System is 10 to 18.  Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service (NYOS) is funded by central government (Ministry of Justice/Youth Justice Board), from the Northamptonshire Childrens Trust (NCT) and from partner agencies like the Police, Probation, the NHS and the Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT).

Some of the paid staff are directly employed (by the Northamptonshire Childrens Trust) to work in NYOS, others are seconded by their own agency to work within the service.  There are: social workers; youth workers; restorative justice workers; education workers; community psychiatric nurses; probation officers; police officers; accommodation workers and substance misuse workers. NYOS also recruits, trains and supports a group of adult volunteers from a range of different backgrounds.

NYOS works directly with children and young people who have committed offences; their parents/carers and the victims of their offences. Work is undertaken at all points of the formal system: from Out-of-Court outcomes through to Court Orders, both in the community and with young people in custody.

There is no way of making direct or self referrals to NYOS.  All referrals come from the Police or from the Courts.