The YOS offers Bail Support services to young people, which means that the court can consider bail even if there are "substantial grounds" for refusal under the Bail Act. This option is offered as an alternative to Remand in Custody or Remand to Local Authority Accommodation.

The target group is young people aged 10-17 years most at risk of:

  • re-offending whilst on bail
  • failing to appear at court 
  • remands to custody/secure accommodation

The Bail Support Programme

The Bail Support Scheme is run in partnership with Hove YMCA. A young person is required to have contact with the Bail Support Officer at least three times per week. A Bail Support Programme can provide help and advice on a range of issues including:

  • accommodation
  • education
  • careers/employment/training
  • drug/alcohol use
  • benefit entitlement
  • leisure opportunities
  • counselling
  • family mediation
  • independent living skills

Each programme is individually tailored to the needs of the young person. 

The level of support provided will depend on:

  • the seriousness of the offence 
  • the persistence of offending 
  • accommodation needs 
  • emotional or behavioural problems 
  • education, training and employment requirements