Youth Offending Services (YOS) are key to the success of the youth justice system. They consist of a range of staff from social care, health, education, housing, police, probation, and drugs and alcohol misuse services.
Youth Offending Service (YOS) Specialist Nurses are part of a multi-disciplinary team that works together to find out the specific problems that influence a young person’s offending behaviour and measure the risk that they pose to themselves and others. Based on these factors, the service creates a suitable programme that aims to meet the young person’s needs and so reduces the likelihood of them re-offending.
They input into the service through the work of two specialist nurses who work closely with the YOS. The nurses are both qualified specialist community public health nurses. Their role is to help ensure that the physical and emotional health needs of those young people who come into contact with the Youth Offending Service are identified and addressed through appropriate health services.
YOS staff will refer any young person for whom they identify any unmet health issues, to the YOS specialist nurses. The nurses will then undertake a holistic health assessment and will offer advice and support where appropriate or may act as an advocate for young offenders to assist them to access the health services that they require.
Who is the service for?
Children and young people aged between 10 and 17 years of age who are within the youth justice system.
For more information please contact Jo Staves.