Youth offending

Youth offending

The Lancashire Youth Offending Team (LYOT) works together with partner agencies to tackle offending behaviour at a critical stage in young people's lives. It focuses on meeting the complex difficulties faced by children, young people and their families, together with addressing the needs of the victims and local communities.

Why does the LYOT exist?

Nationally, Youth Offending Teams were set up in April 2000 to improve the way young people involved in the criminal justice system are dealt with.  
Evidence shows that working with young people in their local communities is most likely to bring about long-term changes for the better. To help change young people's attitudes to crime and steer them towards more positive lives with better opportunities, it is recognised that youth justice agencies must work together to focus on all aspects of a young person's life to ensure they get all the help they need.

What is the structure of the LYOT?

The LYOT consists of six operational teams across Lancashire located in:
  • Accrington
  • Burnley
  • Chorley
  • Fleetwood
  • Lancaster
  • Preston

In addition to the LYOT there is a Youth Offending Team in Blackburn and Blackpool 

Who work in the LYOT?

Each team is made up of a police officer, health worker, education worker, social worker and a probation officer, who work together with communities to ensure that:
  • The needs of victims are met
  • Young people take responsibility for their criminal behaviour and put something back into their Community
  • Parents who take responsibility for their children
  • Opportunities exist to prevent youth crime
  • Young people achieve their potential
  • Justice is delivered swiftly
  • Punishment reflects the seriousness of the crime committed

What is the role of the LYOT?

The LYOT works with 10 - 17 year olds and their families and carers, who may be:
  • Referred by the Police following an offence for which they received a final warning
  • Going through the courts
  • Placed under supervision as part of a community custodial sentence
  • Referred by a case conference called in response to anti-social behaviour
  • Identified as being at risk of offending

What interventions do the LYOT use?

Restorative Justice (RJ)

The LYOT is committed to a Restorative Justice (RJ) approach, which helps young people to face up to what they have done, take responsibility, and to make amends to the victim or to the wider community. The approach can involve mediation, where the young person meets with the victim in a safe environment, which can have very positive results for both the victim and the young person.

Triage and Reparation

LYOT in partnership with Child Action North West is committed to Triage and Reparation, a new scheme which diverts young people away from the criminal justice system and demonstrating actively that young offenders are engaged constructively in making up for their offence and putting something positive back into their community.
The scheme reduces low profile offending through an early identification of risk leading to a swift and effective criminal justice response. It diverts young people committing low level offences away from the Criminal Justice System into effective interventions to reduce re-offending. It increases community confidence in the criminal justice system with greater involvement of victims and communities in the decision making process on what reparation activity is carried out in the community.

Other interventions

LYOT is committed to a range of other interventions which may include an intensive programme of close monitoring, with electronically monitored curfews, a structured timetable of education and programmes of work, and personal support and assistance.

Key contact

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Visit the Lancashire Youth Offending Team website


Alternatively, you can contact the Youth Offending Team in Blackburn or Blackpool