Youth Offending Services

The Brighton & Hove Youth Offending Service offer a number of services:

  • preventative
  • pre-court
  • court
  • supervision
  • custodial

Preventative Services

We work with young people who are at risk of offending. This includes a range of partnerships such as Positive Futures and the Youth Support Service. We also work closely with voluntary organisations (e.g. YMCA, NACRO) schools and parents to help young people accept and understand the consequences of their offending.

We are currently working in partnership on the Youth Arts Fringe project, an annual showcase of creative work produced by young people through youth services across Brighton & Hove.

Pre-Court Services

This involves working with young people who have offended for the first and second time and received a Reprimand or Final Warning

Court Services

These include providing Appropriate Adult services (at Police Stations), preparation of Pre-Sentence Reports, provision of direct support to young people and their families during the Court process, Bail Supervision & Support and Remand Management.  

Supervision Services

When a young person receives a community-based court order, the YOS staff supervise the orders. This involves an initial assessment, further specialist risk assessments if required, and preparation of a plan of work with the young person to prevent re-offending. A final assessment is carried out at the end of the intervention to monitor the progress that has been made by the young person.

Where required, we can also provide specialist support including:

  • education
  • housing
  • mental health
  • mentoring services
  • offending behaviour programmes
  • parenting programmes
  • restorative justice
  • substance misuse

We also provide Intensive Supervision and Surveillance programmes (ISSP) for high risk, persistent and prolific young offenders.

Custodial Services

We work with young people to support them during and after custodial sentences. This includes sentence planning to ensure a seamless transition into the community following a period in custody.