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Offender support and supervision
When a young offender receives a community based Order imposed by a local Youth or Magistrates Court (or by a crown Court in serious cases) this Order is supervised by the Youth Justice Service.
In North Yorkshire services for young offenders are provided by the North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service (YJS). The Youth Justice Service comprises expert staff from a range of service partners including the Police, Probation Service, Health, and the Children and Young People's Service, supported by committed and skilled volunteers. The key objectives of the Youth Justice Service are to reduce youth crime, protect the public from serious harm, and safeguard the welfare of young people.
Supervision of a Court Order starts with a comprehensive assessment (ASSET) of the young person's needs and risks. Further assessment of serious risk issues, or of problems with substance misuse, education or other issues, may be undertaken as needed. Based on this assessment, a written "intervention plan" is agreed with the young person and their parent/carers to help them stay out of trouble.
The level of supervision depends on the type of Order the Court imposes, and on the level of assessed risk in each case. Supervision can range from weekly contact to prolonged daily contact (eg five hours per day, provided by our Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS) for high risk, persistent and prolific offenders).
Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS)
This is a special sentence for serious or prolific young offenders who are at risk of being sent to custody. It helps very troubled young people to turn their lives around. ISS can be part of bail supervision and support, or it can be part of a sentence made by a Court. Some young people who are finishing custody sentences also go on ISS to help them resettle in their community.
Support for Parents and Carers
The Youth Justice Service also offers support to parents, including voluntarily agreed interventions and intensive Parenting Programmes by order of the court.
In 1998 the Crime and Disorder Act introduced Parenting Orders in order to reduce offending behaviour and positively empower parents. You may receive a Parenting Order because your child is the subject of an Anti Social Behaviour Order or has committed a criminal offence.
The Court may attach specific requirements to the Order which may last up to 12 months. These requirements could include ensuring your child attends school, or is at home at specific times. If your child commits an offence, an order could be given to parents (even if they do not live together), step parents, guardians, or carers.