Youth offending teams are multi‐agency teams set up in each local authority area. They comprise representatives from education, health, the police, the probation service, social services, housing officers, and the drugs and alcohol misuse team; each team is led by a youth offending team manager. This multi‐agency approach ensures thorough assessment, planning, and delivery of appropriate support to young offenders. The main role of a youth offending team is to work with young people aged 10–18 who are subject to court orders either in the community or in custodial situations. There is currently a new initiative for teams to work with children aged 8–13 who are identified as at ‘risk of offending’; this is called the Youth Inclusion Support Programme.
Subjects: Law — Education.