Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service

Direct work with young people

When a young person is referred to NYOS, we allocate a Case Manager, who is the person who will do the assessment and plan the work.  A lot of the work that NYOS does is one to one with the young person, rather than in groups. 

We want children and young people to stop offending, but people learn in different ways, so it is important that we find out how each young person learns and then work with them in the way that is most likely to work – this is called a Learning Styles Assessment.

Depending on how the young person learns best, we might do a lot of work through talking, or through reading, or through doing activities, or a mixture of these.

There are other things that make a difference to how and where we might work with a particular young person, like their gender; their race, religion or cultural background; their physical or mental abilities, their family make-up and who they live with; their sexuality; their experience of bullying; their first language; what they enjoy or are really good at; who they know and who they trust ...

... because every young person is different, their assessments are not the same, so their plans will not be the same – we want to make a plan that is right for each person, to give them the best chance to stop offending.

We believe that children and young people can contribute directly to the way we do things, so we ask them what they think of our services and take notice of what they say.  Because of the way we do this, we have been awarded the Northamptonshire Children & Young People’s Partnership Silver charter mark for Engaging and Involving Children and Young People.  NYOS is about to apply for the Gold charter mark.