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Youth Offending Service

Birmingham’s Youth Offending Service aims to be responsive to local needs, while also meeting national targets. It’s the largest metropolitan youth offending service in the country, serving a population of approximately 1 million people, containing more than 112,000 10- to 17-year-olds.

The Service has several tools at its disposal to help it tackle youth offending. These include:

  • Getting involved with young offenders earlier, helping to tackle problem behaviour before it becomes habit.
  • Looking at the reasons that lead young people to offend, to help to develop ways to prevent offending behaviour.
  • Working with young people and their families, to help parents to make sure their child doesn’t re-offend.
  • Working with communities to help give young people a sense of ownership and pride in where they live, and a duty of care and concern for those who live around them.
  • Working with victims of crime, and organisations representing them, to make sure that their needs are considered as carefully as those of offenders.

The Service is staffed by staff drawn from children’s social care services, probation, the police, education, health and other statutory and voluntary agencies. They’re trained to deliver programmes and projects that reduce youth offending by confronting offenders to address the underlying causes of crime.