Young People in Contact with the Criminal Justice System

Supporting Information

Please note that this is an Interim version, pending completion of a more comprehensive needs assessment for this topic


Youth offending Teams (YOTs)

The Crime and Disorder Act  and the  Health and Social Care Act 2012  call for local authorities, the police, probation,  health  and Clinical Commissioning Groups,  to establish youth offending teams (YOTs) to work with children and young people who have committed an offence or are at risk of offending.

In addition the Youth Offending service consists of representatives from the police, probation, health, education and children’s services, and is responsible for children and young people who are sentenced or remanded in custody.

The overall aim of Lewisham Youth Offending Service is to preventoffending and re-offending by Children and Young People in Lewisham.