Successful Community Reparation

A group of young offenders have paved the way for people to make the most of their garden. As part of a project organised by Broadacres’ Community Involvement Team, young people from the Youth Justice Service spent a week creating a path in the garden area at the Rivendale extra care scheme in Northallerton. The young people were undertaking community reparation as a way of making amends for harm they have caused to victims and the community.

LAUNCH: Andy Powell, Broadacres’ director of customer services, cuts the ribbon to officially declare the path open with Rivendale resident Brian Land For further information, please contact Reparation Development Worker Dave McKenzie-Brown ( ) on 01609 534292

Click here to see article in The Northern Echo

YJS Strategic Plan

The North Yorkshire YJS Partnership Board has approved our updated Strategic Plan for 2016-17, which can be viewed here - YJS Strategic Plan 2016-17

Child Sexual Exploitation

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board has today published a new range of posters, videos and other materials supporting the “Say Something if you See Something” campaign.

Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and trafficking requires not only statutory agencies but everyone, including local businesses and the public, to be aware and take action.

The Youth Justice Service welcomes and supports this campaign, which can be accessed here.

Supporting the NSPCC

YJS young people in Scarborough recently helped with an NSPCC fund-raising event which generated £5,700 for much-needed children’s services in the town. Carrying out reparation for the benefit of others is an important step towards putting things right, and builds self-esteem and community pride for the young people.

Well done to everyone involved!


International Restorative Justice Week

North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service are proud to support The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) campaign themed ‘I’ve got something to say’ to mark the 2015 International Restorative Justice Week (15-22 November).

The campaign seeks to increase general awareness and understanding of restorative justice and emphasise the benefits for victims.

The theme highlights how restorative justice can help empower victims, give them a voice and help them to move forward with their lives.


The Youth Justice Service encourages victims of youth crime to engage in restorative justice as it allows victims the platform to give a true account of the effects a crime has had on them. It also allows a young person who has committed crime the chance to realise fully what they have done, provide an apology and make amends through reparation for the victim or for the benefit of the local community.

Follow the MoJ on Twitter to keep up to date with the various activities taking place around the campaign. You can also visit the Facebook campaign page where regular updates will be posted.


Youth Communication Team Up For National Award

The Youth Communication Team (YCT) has been shortlisted as finalists for this year’s Children and Young People Now Awards (CYPN).

The YCT has been shortlisted for an award in the Youth Justice category. The CYPN Awards received a record number of entries this year, further showing the quality of the team’s entry.

The YCT is a radical approach to working with the Youth Justice Service to provide all-round support for young people with Speech, Language & Communication Needs within the YJS, residential schools and Pupil Referral Units. All YJS staff have been trained to improve their communication and engagement with young people.

The YCT have now screened over 160 young people since December 2013 of which 50% have speech, language and communication needs.

Only eight of these have had previous speech and language therapy assessments which have identified poor comprehension, difficulties managing conversation, memory and processing difficulties. These can all have a huge impact on the young person’s ability to be involved in education and work.

The awards are due to take place at the Hurlingham Club, London, Thursday 26th November 2015. Good luck to all involved and big congratulations to the team for being shortlisted as finalists.

YJS Strategic Plan

The YJS has refreshed its Strategic Plan 2014-16 for the year 2015. The new update includes changes happening over the past year and new targets for the next year. The plan is a document which covers many aspects of the YJS including:

  • What the Youth Justice Service is and what it does
  • The different teams within the YJS
  • The Young People that the service works with
  • Partner organisations
  • Previous targets and how the service performed
  • The YJS priorities for the upcoming year

To view the YJS Strategic Plan 2014-16 (2015 Refresh) - click here

Reparation helps create new garden for residents at Rivendale Extra Care Housing Scheme

A new reparation project in partnership with Broadacres Housing Association took place during the end of August at the Rivendale Extra Care Housing scheme in Northallerton.

A number of groups of young people have attended the site to get stuck in to working on a new garden area for the residents to enjoy, as part of the young people’s reparation hours.

Several staff from the Youth Justice Service and from the Broadacres community engagement team were in attendance to provide supervision, encouragement and guidance to the young people involved on the project.

The young people not only gave something back to the local community, allowing elderly residents the opportunity to enjoy the new garden, they also gained confidence and skills in team work, DIY and practical working.

The Broadacres community engagement team were really happy with the effort shown by the young people undertaking their reparation.

They were also grateful for the young people’s willingness to get involved.

Young offenders making amends by supporting child protection charity
The 2015 Castle Howard Triathlon benefited from some new volunteers this year. Staff and young people from North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service worked behind the scenes to support the marshalling and running of the event.  The young people were helping NSPCC fundraising to make amends for offences they had committed. Rachel Anderson, NSPCC Running Events Fundraiser, said after the event, “I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the YJS young people for volunteering this weekend at Castle Howard”.

Volunteering at this major event was a positive experience for the young people. They carried out important tasks, and handled this responsibility really well. They were proud to support the triathletes, and to raise money for an important national charity. One young person said afterwards that he wanted to enter next year’s race himself. A very successful day was had by all.

Victim and Community Happy with Restorative Justice

A Young offender who helped to burgle the pavilion at a Cricket Club in North Yorkshire has returned to work there on a number of improvements, as part of the Restorative Justice process.

Cricket Club Secretary, Bill Preacher, with the clubs backing, allowed the young man to undertake practical work at the Club to make amends for his actions (reparation).

Mr Preacher said of the young man:


“He is clearly benefitting from the chance he has been given and we have had some much needed help in getting the grounds ready for the 2015 season. We wish him well for the future.”

To read more and to listen to Bill Preacher’s interview please visit here – Minster FM

Your Support Needed for Innovative Project

Luke Rodgers is an amazing, inspiring care leaver, now working with services as an advocate and trainer to help us improve outcomes for young people in care. You can watch a short video explaining his objectives, and then please consider voting here. NY YJS is proud to be associated with Luke, and we hope you'll support his work too.


New Victim Support Website for North Yorkshire

Congratulations to our partners North Yorkshire Victim Support, their comprehensive new website is an excellent resource for victims and for the general public.

Social Work Blogger

One of our Seconded Social Workers, Sam Fugill, has written a great blog article for The Guardian newspaper. Click here to read it.

Video Information for Young People, Families and Victims

North Yorkshire YJS has commissioned a series of short video films describing the Referral Order process from different perspectives. Please click here to view.

Restorative Justice Week

You can see information about our Victim and Restorative Justice services here

Restorative Justice Services

We welcome the selection of Remedi as the Police & Crime Commissioner’s lead provider for Restorative Justice Services in York & North Yorkshire. For more information about their services, and new job opportunities arising from this contract, please click here

High Performance in National Inspection Ratings

North Yorkshire’s recent SQS outcome can now be compared to an HMIP national report of Short Quality Screening (SQS) Inspections between 2012-14. North Yorkshire exceeded the national average in 27 of 29 quality indicators - click here to read a summary

Another Inspection Success for North Yorkshire YJS

North Yorkshire’s multi-agency YJS has been praised by HM Inspectorate of Probation, in a Short Quality Screening report published on 5th March 2014. The Inspectors commended the skill and commitment of YJS staff, and the high quality of creative casework to keep young people out of trouble.

“Overall, we found a YJS that expected its staff to produce work of good quality, held them to account for doing so, and a staff group with high standards that was keen to learn and improve. We were pleased to find that the good standard of work found in our last inspection in 2011 had been further improved upon, including thorough comprehensive oversight by managers, although there was further room for development. Case managers worked creatively and we found examples of good or innovative practice in a high proportion of the cases that we inspected.”

Click here to read the full report


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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