The West Sussex Youth Offending Service works to prevent and reduce youth crime. Our partnership is made up of:
- the County Council's Children's Services
- Sussex Police
- NHS West Sussex
- the National Offender Management Service (Sussex).
We also work closely with other colleagues, such as those from:
- West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Action Team
- the Youth Service
- voluntary organisations, such as Lodge Hill
- HM Courts and Tribunals Service
- prisons and secure units
- Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs).
What we do
Our main responsibility is to prevent re-offending by children and young people aged 10–17. However, we are increasingly involved with our partner agencies in developing initiatives aimed at preventing crime.
We also have:
- a Prevention Team that specialises in working with young people who are at risk of offending and may have received a final warning, for which we offer a specialist programme aimed at diverting them from further offending
- a wide range of programmes for working with parents and carers
- a large volunteer programme. We encourage members of the community to work with us to create safer communities. If you would like to work with us, please phone our volunteer coordinator at our Worthing office.