Youth Offending Services (YOS) were established in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which introduced a statutory duty for all local authorities to establish a multi-agency team, with members from police, social services, probation and education, to deliver youth justice services. YOS have a statutory duty to:
- provide appropriate adults for children detained or being interviewed at the police station and provide support for children on bail;
- help young people and their families through court proceedings;
- write pre-sentence reports for the courts advising on appropriate interventions;
- supervise young people serving a community sentence;
- stay in touch with a young person if they’re sentenced to custody; and
- assist in the child’s resettlement post-custody.
All children who come into contact with the YOS (including EEA nationals) will have their individual circumstances and needs assessed and will receive interventions and support accordingly.