It is often very upsetting for families when a young person is sentenced to custody. The young person may be placed a considerable distance away from home, and will often miss out on family events. The young person may also be very unhappy in custody, which is especially distressing for parents and carers.

North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service (YJS) provides advice and support to help parents and carers cope with this. We can sometimes arrange transfer to a secure establishment nearer home, or negotiate special releases to attend major family events like funerals. We can provide information and contact details for secure establishments, and financial support for travel costs when visiting (ask your YJS Officer if you need more information about this).

A young person who is given a custodial sentence is seen immediately by a member of the YJS who visits them in the court cells and information can passed to the family. Parents and carers are
assisted to attend Sentence Planning meetings and Pre-release meetings so that the young person, their family and the YJS can work together.

There are a wide range of opportunities within the North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service (YJS) for volunteers to become involved and gain experience and understanding of the work carried out by the YJS.

North Yorkshire YJS has approximately 60 volunteers across the county about 30 in the western part which includes Harrogate, Skipton and Northallerton and 30 in the east part which includes Scarborough and Selby.

Head Office | Room SB004 | County Hall | Racecourse Lane | Northallerton | DL7 8AD | Telephone 01609 536168
West YJS
| Delta House | 12b, North Park Road | Harrogate | HG1 5PG | Telephone 01609 535030
East YJS
| 2nd Floor, Pavilion House | Westborough | Scarborough | YO11 2JN | Telephone 01609 534751
Selby YJS
| Community House | Portholme Road | Selby | YO8 4QQ | Telephone 01609 534751

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