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Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service

Our Purpose: To prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime To identify and deal effectively with young people who commit criminal offences To reduce re-offending.

Short film which depicts the story of a teenage boy who is caught stealing to fund his drug habit. The film chronicles the steps the Youth Justice System takes including, preventing re-offending and making the offenders learn their mistakes appropriately and deal with the following consequences.

All children in Lincolnshire require support and opportunities to help them to be successful, to develop into mature and responsible adults, and to be safe. During adolescence a small minority of young people, despite support or lack of it, choose to engage in behaviour which results in them entering the Criminal Justice System (CJS). For the majority of them, brief and targeted interventions such as restorative solutions, targeted support and/or punishment will be sufficient to divert them away from further criminal activity. A small minority of young people, who may have more complex needs, will require more specialist and longer term interventions in order to address and to manage their behaviour.

Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service (YOS) is located within Safer Communities, which is part of the Finance & Public Protection directorate of Lincolnshire County Council (LCC). The YOS Management Board is chaired by the director of Finance & Public Protection, the membership has representatives from Lincolnshire Probation Trust, the NHS, the Police, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and LCC.

The YOS works in partnership with criminal justice services and with services for children and young people to create safer communities and improve the well-being of young people across Lincolnshire.

The YOS engages with the Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB), Lincolnshire County Community Safety Board, the Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs), the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), the Lincolnshire Children and Young People’s Board, and Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB). 

Work with Victims

All Youth Offending Team’s are required to work with victims of crime. Victims could be adults, children or businesses. Read the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime for the statutory obligations for YOS.

All victims are entitled to be offered the opportunity to engage in voluntary restorative justice activities. Victims can however ask for their details not to be passed on if they do not wish to participate. In every case a decision must be taken to invite the victim to take part in a restorative justice activity. Consideration must be given to whether restorative justice is appropriate. Take into account any sensitivities present in the case, including the vulnerability of the victim, and the attitude of the offender. Informed written consent must be secured for every victim who agrees to take part in restorative justice or direct reparation.

Additional information can be found on about the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime can also be found at

YOS Community Intervention Team

Reparation simply means repairing or making amends for the offence and the harm done. One way that offenders can say sorry for their behaviour is through giving something back into the community. This can also help them face the consequences of their offending and in some cases develop positive interests.

Reparation normally takes the form of some unpaid work carried out by the young person, supervised by an appropriate worker. Each session normally lasts three hours and the number of sessions depends on the length of the sentence and the seriousness of the offence.

Victims of crime are always consulted by the team and given the opportunity to say how the young person can make amends for the crime they committed. Wherever possible, the type of reparation is determined by the views of the victim.

Direct Reparation

In some cases, the victim is able to identify an appropriate activity for the young person to do, which is of direct benefit to the victim. Or the victim may want the young person to raise money for a particular charity. Previous examples of direct reparation have included:

  • Working in shops where theft occurred
  • Painting a fence or gardening work for victim

Indirect Reparation

Many victims do not have an appropriate activity for the young person to do. Instead they can be offered a range of possible activities and can choose which activity the young person should do.

Community Based Reparation

The idea of community based reparation is that the young person undertakes an activity which is of benefit to the wider community, rather than directly for the victim. Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service maintains some projects around the county, as well as with local organisations, that enable young people to do work for the good of the community. The aim is also to enable the young person to develop some useful skills, and possibly to find an activity that interests them and which they can carry on with.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015 consultation has concluded, and the final code of practice has now been published. Subject to approval by Parliament, the regulations will come into effect during April 2015.

The regulations, revised code of practice, and the government’s response to the consultation are available on the GOV.UK website. You can download a copy of the Code of Practice at the bottom of this web page.

Details of Lincolnshire’s Local Offer is also available, this is part of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEN&D) reforms from the Children and Families Act 2014. Lincolnshire’s Local Offer includes leisure and activity providers, health and care services, education providers and support groups.

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Inspection report for Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service

Lincolnshire was inspected in March 2012 as part of a three year national programme of inspections by an independent body (Her Majesties Inspectorate of Probation). The document is available to download directly by following this link.

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Last updated: 9 November 2016

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