Youth Offending Service - a guide for young people

Who are we and what do we do?

Youth Offending Service

Youth Offending Service

  • Birmingham Youth Offending Service (YOS) works with children, young people, and their families across the city to support their needs to live a safe, positive life with an aspirational future.
  • We work in partnership with other services in Birmingham to deliver youth justice services.
  • Our aim is to reduce offending by children and young people, so they can live healthy positive lives and have a sense of pride in their communities.  

Who we are?

The YOS is part of the local authority. In Birmingham, we are part of children’s services, called Birmingham Children’s Trust. We are separate from the courts and the police.

We work with:

  • Health services
  • Education and Schools.
  • The Police
  • Probation
  • Charities and the local community

We have four main area teams in Birmingham, based across the city:

  • North West
  • North East
  • South West
  • South East

Each team have people working to support children, young people, and their families/carers.

What do we do?

If you are involved with us, you will be allocated a Youth Offending Team Officer. This could be after an 'Out of Court Panel', or 'Court' (information below). They will arrange to meet you in a place that you feel safe and complete an assessment with you and your parents/carers.