Hampshire Youth Offending Team (Hampshire YOT)
Hampshire YOT has over 90 staff and about 150 volunteers who work together to prevent young people offending or reoffending.
The service is made up of Social Workers, Police Officers, Probation Officers, Youth Support Workers and specialists in health, education, parenting, substance misuse and sports/arts.
We do this by:
- Supporting and supervising children and young people who have been made the subject of a court order because they have committed a criminal offence.
- Assessing and providing interventions for children and young people who are at risk of offending, or who have received a youth restorative disposal, final warning or youth conditional caution administered by the Police.
- Acting as an appropriate adult (in the absence of a parent/guardian) for children and young people held in custody at a police station.
- Providing support for young people on bail.
- Preparing reports and other information for courts in criminal proceedings so that informed judgements can be made by the judiciary.
- Working with parents to help them develop better parenting skills.
- Offering the victims of crime the opportunity to get involved in the process (even to the extent of meeting the offender) to help the young person understand the impact of their offending behaviour.
Youth Crime Prevention Teams
Working alongside the Hampshire Children's Locality Teams are eight Youth Crime Prevention Teams. They work with young people aged 10-16 who are at risk of offending or commiting anti social behaviour.
Engagement with the team is on a voluntary basis and each case is alocated a key worker who provides an individual plan of intervention.
For further information about crime prevention please contact: Elle Snookes. Tel: 07793 759194, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hampshire Youth Offending Team (HYOT)
Who are we?
Youth Offending Teams were set up by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Hampshire Youth Offending Team (HYOT) is a multi-agency team comprising of staff from children’s services, probation, police and health. We are funded by those agencies plus a grant from the Youth Justice Board.
What do we want?
HYOT’s overarching ambition is to see fewer and fewer children and young people involved in the criminal justice system in Hampshire, thus reducing the number of potential victims of crime and promoting the confidence and safety of our local communities. We aim to be a high performing YOT who develop and maximise the potential of every child and young person, delivering quality assessments and interventions which will prevent offending and protect the public.
What do we do?
HYOT work together with our partner agencies to prevent offending and reoffending of children and young people.
What do we believe?
- All children and young people have the ability and capacity to change and should be given every opportunity to do so
- Effective role modelling of all HYOT staff
- The importance of early help and prevention
- The value of difference, respect, partnership and participation
- The importance of keeping the public safe and reducing future victims
Hampshire YOT Structure
The Hampshire YOT is structured to align with the Hampshire Children’s Services Department (CSD). Our staff work in either East or West Hampshire and are split into four geographically based teams.
Select your area from the map to find your local Hampshire Youth Offending Team office
Includes - Hart, Rushmoor, East Hampshire, Havant, Fareham and Gosport
Jeff Ballard, Area Manager
Tel: 01329 824804
Includes - Basingtoke & Deane, Winchester, Eastleigh, New Forest and Test Valley
Jean Humphrey, Area Manager
Tel: 01256 464034
Matt Edom, Team manager
Tel: 01256 854850
East Hampshire Area Manager
Paul Briggs, Team manager
Tel: 01329 824804
East Hampshire Area Manager
Karen Golden, Team manager
Tel: 01256 464034
West Hampshire Area Manager
Although Hampshire Youth Offending Team primarily work with young people between the ages of 10 and 17 years who are in conflict with the law, often the parents of these young people also require support.
Among the YOT staff are specialist parenting support co-ordinators who work with parents who attend programmes either voluntarily, or as a condition of a court order.
The Youth Offending Team provides a programme of eight sessions which aims to give parents/carers an insight into:
- Different ways of relating to their teenagers who have been in trouble with the police.
- Thinking and talking about building on the positive aspects of family life.
- What it is like to be a teenager and to be a parent.
- What causes children and parents to behave the way they do.
- How to listen and communicate better with their children.
- How to manage conflict and negotiate.
- How to help children cope with change and accept responsibility.
- Setting boundaries; being an authoritative parent.
- Where to find help and support when needed.
For more information contact the parent support co-ordinator in your area.
North East Hampshire
South East Hampshire
North West Hampshire
South West Hampshire
Volunteering for the YOT
If you are looking to volunteer and have an interest in working with young offenders and victims with an aim of preventing re-offending, then we may have an appropriate role for you.
Hampshire YOT volunteering roles will suit you if you’re flexible, interested in supporting young people who have offended (some of whom can be challenging at times) and if you want to make a difference in your community.
Our volunteers provide varied support to young people who are on court orders and their victims. This may be by either sitting as a panel member on a referral order panel, participating in or facilitating a restorative justice conference or even assisting young people carrying out their ‘reparation’ on placements in the community.
An initial full programme of training is offered to our volunteers to ensure that they are equipped with the appropriate skills. We also provide volunteers with ongoing refresher training, regular feedback and annual appraisal interviews
We are currently looking for volunteers in the North East of Hampshire and the New Forest in particular.
For more information please contact:
Working for Us
Our team is made up of Social Workers, Police Officers, Probation Officers, Youth Support Workers and specialist workers in Health, Education, Parenting, Substance Misuse and the Sports/Arts.
Hampshire YOT’s staff are all employed by either Hampshire County Council or one of our partner agencies. Some of our practitioners have permanent employment status with one of the partner agencies, and are released for a period of secondment to the YOT.
This arrangement is intended to help ensure that professional practitioners are able to build upon their existing skills during their time spent working in YOT.
Working within the Youth Justice System requires a high level of skilled face-to-face contact with young offenders, their families, their victims and those who have to pass sentence in our courts. Our staff are our greatest asset and the partnership is committed to further improvements in its arrangement for the induction, training, supervision and appraisal of the staff who work within the YOT.
All HCC opportunities are advertised externally in the local press and can be accessed on www.hampshire.gov.uk/jobs
All non-HCC posts are advertised by the appropriate employer, e.g. Police Officer positions are advertised via Hampshire Constabulary.
The Hampshire YOT aims to provide a high quality service. We are interested in hearing your comments as we will use them to help us improve and develop the services we provide.
Please follow the link to access Hampshire County Council’s complaints procedure:
Alternatively you can send your complaint in writing to:
Head of Service
Hampshire Youth Offending Team
Hampshire County Council
The Award Project
The Award Project engages targeted young people (14-18 year olds) in positive accredited activities, using The Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award, to inspire, change, promote learning and reduce re-offending.
The Award Project works in collaboration with the Hampshire Youth Offending Team and other partner agencies and also signpost to other support services, working with the young person for up to 12 months.
Action for Children
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Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. For more information please visit http://familylives.org.uk
FRANK is a national drug education service jointly established by the Department of Health and Home Office. For further information or advice please visit www.talktofrank.com
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. For more information please visit www.youngminds.org.uk
The Prince's Trust was founded in 1976 by The Prince of Wales. Having completed his duty in the Royal Navy, His Royal Highness became dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK, and began The Trust to deliver on that commitment. For more information visit www.princes-trust.org.uk