Preventative services are designed to prevent children and young people from entering the youth justice system.
The aim of preventative services is to:
- Identify children and young people (aged eight to 17) who are most at risk of being involved in anti-social behaviour, school exclusion and offending behaviour, before they enter the youth justice system (i.e. before it is necessary for courts to deal with them).
- Prevent those children and young people from entering the youth justice system by allowing them the opportunity to modify their behaviour.
Children and young people considered to be ‘at risk’ will be referred to the Youth Inclusion and Support Panel (YISP). This may be a self-referral, or a referral by partner agencies/professional bodies, such as the anti-social behaviour control unit, police or children’s services social care.
Once children and young people considered to be at risk have been identified, the YISP staff will assess them in order to offer a ‘package of intervention’, which may include activities such as leisure activities, art programmes, drama workshops and sports activities, and may also have elements of social education. All of this will be aimed at helping the young person to stay away from further trouble.