Our Youth Justice Service (YJS) serves the boroughs of Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington, for young people aged 10 to 17.

YJS is made up of representatives from the police, probation service, children’s social care, health, education and other relevant specialist services such as substance misuse, mental health, accommodation etc.

As representatives are from a wide range of services, we can respond to the needs of young offenders in a comprehensive way. The YJS assesses the needs of each young offender, using a national assessment tool, to identify the specific problems that make the young person offend, measures the risk they pose to others, as well as their vulnerability.

YJS will also manage issued court orders. The young person will be required to attend regular meetings with their supervising officer, which will focus on their offending and factors that may reduce the likelihood of the young person offending again. Referrals to other agencies will be made where appropriate.

In addition, the YJS will seek to assist the victims of young offenders in efforts to repair the harm caused. This process is known as restorative justice and may involve an activity or direct action from the young person to the victim.

On occasion, it is possible and desirable that the offender meets the victim and makes a personal and direct apology for the harm caused.