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Suffolk Youth Offending Team

Current Youth Justice Plan (PDF, 2.3MB)

  • Youth Offending Services (YOS) are key to the success of the Youth Justice System (External link) and there is a Youth Offending Service in every local authority in England and Wales.
  • Formed in 1999, Suffolk Youth Offending Service has staff from a variety of professional backgrounds including Social workers, Police officers, Probation officers, Drugs and Alcohol advisors, Education officers, and Accommodation officers.
  • It is well known that children and young people offend for a variety of reasons - social and family problems, peer group pressures, social exclusion, truancy, drug problems - and therefore if young people are to be prevented from re-offending they need the input of staff with a variety of knowledge and skills to assist them to make the right life choices.
  • No single agency has all the solutions to youth offending, but by working together, sharing knowledge, skills and experience, staff from the different agencies and professions can reduce it.
  • Suffolk YOS is committed to this multi agency approach in order to carry out its mission to help make Suffolk a safer place and to improve the life opportunities of the young people it works with in order that they can lead offending free lives.
  • Each YOS creates a Youth Justice Plan (PDF, 2.3MB) with specific actions and targets for their area. This is agreed with Partner Agencies and the Youth Justice Board.

Need access to the Practitioners' Portal?

Email suffolk.yos@suffolk.gov.uk to request access.