What are the ages of the young people YJS is working
In most cases the YJS work with young people between
the ages of 10-17. Where orders have been given and
a young person will turn 18 during it, the YJS still
work with them. In addition, the Prevention Service
is working with young people of all ages to prevent
them entering the youth justice system.
What does it mean for a parent/carer if your child
becomes under YJS supervision?
The Youth Justice Service supports parents and
carers and will not judge or blame you but treat you
with respect. They will acknowledge your rights and
empower you in taking responsibility for your
If your child becomes involved with the YJS there
may be the opportunity to voluntarily attend a
parenting programme, if you think it would be
useful. If the court believes that you need to
attend a parenting programme they will give you a
Parenting Order. This would make attending the
programme compulsory as a legal requirement.
Parenting programmes are aimed at dealing with a
child’s challenging behaviour and provides advice
and guidance on the best way to tackle this.
Can anyone refer a young person to the YJS?
Anyone can refer a young person to the Prevention
Team. Referrals to the YJS can’t be made by members
of the public. Referrals to the YJS are made by
North Yorkshire Police or the Youth Courts.
How and why does the YJS assess young people?
The YJS uses several assessments to identify the
needs of young people, the risk they present to
themselves and others, and the likelihood of them
offending or reoffending. Assessing the young people
under our supervision helps us tailor a specific
programme for each individual to target why they
offended and to help stop them reoffending in the
What service can the victims of crime expect from
Victims of crime will be treated with dignity and
respect throughout all their involvement with the
YJS. In the majority of cases you will be contacted
by your local Victim Liaison Officer, who will
provide information about the outcome of the case.
You will then be offered the opportunity to
participate in the Restorative Justice process.
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice allows the offender to make
amends to their victim and/or the community. We put
support in place so victims can meet with their
offender to explain the real impact of the crime.
Victims of crime who decide to take part will have
their needs and wishes taken into account and will
be fully supported in any choices they make.
Participation in the process is completely
voluntary. There are several methods of Restorative
- The victim and offender, helped by an
independent person, communicate with one
another. This may be by direct meeting or, if
preferred by either the victim or the offender,
indirectly with the third person acting as ‘go
between’ in a ‘shuttle mediation’. Questions may
be asked, information exchanged and an agreement
- Supporters, as well as victim and offender,
meet together in a conference run by a trained
person. At the end, agreements are made that set
out what the offender will do to deal with the
Family group conferencing
- The young person who has offended meets with
members of his/her extended family, and possibly
representatives of agencies, e.g. social
services and schools. They work together to
identify what has happened, and how the family
will support the young person to put it right.
Referral Order Youth Offender Panels
- Young offenders and their parents meet with
trained community volunteer panel members to
discuss the offence and its consequences, and to
agree a contract to repair the harm and address
the causes of offending behaviour. Victims are
invited to attend or have their views put before
the panel as they prefer.
What is Reparation?
Reparation enables young people to make up for what
they have done by giving them the opportunity to
give something back either directly to their victim
or indirectly to the local community. It can also
give young people the chance to do something
positive, hopefully giving them new skills and
Direct Reparation: This could be in the form of an
apology either written or verbal, or supervised
activities that directly have a positive impact to
Indirect Reparation: This includes activities that
benefit the wider community, such as making
improvements to an area for the local community to
Can I volunteer with the YJS?
Yes, we have a skilled dedicated team of volunteers
who are essential to the work of the YJS. We have a
number of vital roles and you will be supported
fully by the YJS.
If you feel you can have a positive impact on young
people and have the time and enthusiasm to make a
difference, please contact for further information
or an application pack:
Harrogate, Craven, Richmondshire and Hambleton
Paul Whalley, Volunteer Co-ordinator based in
Harrogate, on 0776 483 8829 or by e-mail to
Scarborough and Whitby, Ryedale and Selby areas:
Ed Horwood, Volunteer Co-ordinator based in
Scarborough, on 01609 536293 or by e-mail to
What do we do with the information we receive?
All information we receive adheres to strict
confidentiality policies. This complies with best
practice advice from the Youth Justice Board and is
in line with the Data Protection Act. All staff are
trained in information management and