Buckinghamshire Youth Offending Service (YOS)

What is YOS?

We are a multi-agency Service consisting of Social Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers and staff with health and education backgrounds. Our core aim, shared by all Youth Offending Teams nationally, is to prevent offending and re-offending by children and young people aged 10 to 18. Young people and their parents working with the YOS will be provided with relevant information via leaflets and documentation.


YOS and Legislation

The role of the YOS is defined by legislation and includes:

  • Co-ordinating all youth justice services in Buckinghamshire.
  • Working with those at risk of entering the criminal justice system for the first time, delivering interventions to try and divert them from offending behaviour.
  • Preparing reports for the court to advise on what services are available and to assist in decisions about sentencing for young people. 
  • Assessing young people who have received a Police or Court disposal, designing an individual intervention programme to address the issues that have led them to offend.
  • Engaging with parents and carers, helping them support their young person in moving away from offending behaviour.
  • Working with victims of youth crime, offering advice, information and opportunities to share with the young person the effect of the offence on them, either directly or indirectly.


More Info...

Please see downloads for the latest Youth Justice Strategic Plan for 2019/20.

Who to contact


Where to go

Youth Offending Service
Walton House
Walton Street
HP21 7QQ
Venue Notes

Please contact office for details

Geographic Area Covered

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Mon to Thurs; 9am to 5:30pm and Fri; 9am to 5pm
Time of day

Other Details

Cost Description


Age Ranges
Young People ages 10 to 18 years


Referral required
Referral Details

Referrals come from other professionals only - no self referrals. However, the YOS can provide advice and signposting

Local Offer


The Youth Offending Service (YOS) and the SEN Service have in place a working agreement to fulfil Buckinghamshire Council’s statutory requirement relating to children and young people known to the YOS who have SEND. Under Documents is a guide to how YOS and SEN communicate with respect to young people jointly known to both services. It outlines processes where the young person is either in the community or in custody. It also includes guidance regarding when and how the YOS will refer a young person for consideration of an EHC Plan where one is not already in place.

For more information about the working agreement or services provided please contact the Youth Offending Service on 01296 434 624.

Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
8 to 11
SEN Provision Type
Targeted service or Specialist service (Referral required)
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