Youth Offending Service

Working with young people who have been in trouble with the law to improve their lives


The Essex Youth Offending Service works with children and young people who have offended, to help prevent them getting into further trouble.

We work with parents, carers, victims and the community to help young people understand the consequences of their actions.

We also offer Early Intervention Programmes to children aged 8 to 13 who might be at risk of offending.

Each Youth Offending Team includes a police officer, social workers, probation officers and health and education staff.

We work to:

  • prevent offending
  • reduce the risk of further offending
  • support victims
  • support young people on bail
  • prepare reports for the court
  • supervise young people on court orders
  • help with young people remanded to local authority care
  • help young people during and after custodial sentences
  • help parents, including with Parenting Orders

You can find out more about how the youth justice system works on GOV.UK.

Become a volunteer

Volunteer with us and help make a difference to the lives of first time young offenders, their families and victims of crime.

To become a volunteer you need to over 18 and be able to spare a few hours a month of your time.

You don't need previous experience, just life experience, common sense and an interest in helping young people.

You will get training and receive ongoing support.

Volunteer for the Youth Offending Service