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Youth Offending Team (YOT)

Each local authority has a youth offending team (YOT) or youth offending service (YOS) who are a team of people who work with children to prevent them offending or re-offending.

YOTs supervise children on out of court disposals (OOCD) and youth sentences.

YOTs have a statutory duty to provide appropriate adults for children detained or being interviewed at police stations, and to provide support for children on bail.1

YOTs include:2

  • Probation Officers
  • Social Workers
  • Police Officers
  • Health Worker
  • Education Officer
  • Substance Misuse Worker
  • Parenting Worker
  • Connexions Worker
  • Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISSP) Worker
  • Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) Worker
  • Early Intervention Team – Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs)
  • Court Officers
  • Restorative Justice Worker



  1. Section 38(4) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998  (back)
  2. The statutory membership of YOTs is set out in section 39(5) Crime and Disorder Act 1998.  (back)