Youth Offending Service (YOS) and RU-OK (young persons substance misuse service)

What does your service do?

The Youth Offending Service undertakes crime prevention work with young people who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system whether through criminal behaviours or anti -social behaviour. YOS supports the young person to stay out of the criminal justice system.

RU-OK provides specialist tier 3 substance misuse treatment to young people under 18 where their substance misuse (alcohol and drugs) is impacting on their day to day lives.

Where is it located and what area does it cover?

Our address is: Pheonix House, 1 Regency Rd, Brighton, BN1 1RU and our scope is citywide.

Who does your service provide for?

Young people who have issues with offending and/or problematic substance misuse.

How can I start using the service?

To start using the youth crime prevention service (YOS) a young person will be on the edge of offending, just entering the Criminal Justice system or be on a Court Order. Referrals come through other professionals or through the police as part of a specific intervention as a result of an arrest, to divert the young person out to the criminal justice system.

The RU-OK service is a tier 3 service, therefore to be eligible a young person will need to have a problematic substance misuse that is affecting their lives and/or having a negative impact on home, school, employment, health. Referrals can either be by other professionals or self referral.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

A joint conversation with referrer is made initially.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

Through day to day feedback via the usual means (Letter, telephone and email). We also run parent and carer training groups.

Is your service fully accessible?

  • Accessible toilet
  • Ramp

(Service users are seen in buildings that suit there needs)

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?

No specific training, although some have undertaken course on working with young people with Asperger's.

Who can I contact for further information?


 Catherine Cottingham  


 01273 293966


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