Overview

Bexley Youth Offending Team (YOT) works with other agencies including the police, probation service and schools to help keep young people aged between 10 and 17 years out of trouble.

If a young person does offend, we work with them, their families and anyone else affected by the crime to try and prevent them from offending again.

The YOT has:

  • social workers
  • police officers
  • a probation officer
  • an education worker
  • health workers
  • a referral order co-ordinator
  • youth workers
  • administrative staff

Young people and the law

Information on Directgov for young people and parents on the youth justice system.

Information for victims

If you have been a victim of an offence committed by a young person who lives in Bexley and the young person has received a court order we will contact you.

We will tell you about the court process and what sentencing options will be available to the court. If the young person has already been sentenced, we can tell you about what the young person must do.  

We can help if:

  • you would like to make a statement about how the offence has affected you and your family
  • you have questions that you would like the young person to answer.

If you do not want the young person to know that the questions have come from you, we can do this anonymously.

If the young person is sentenced to custody and you have concerns about what may happen when they are released, we will talk through these concerns with you.  We may be able to suggest conditions to put on their release licence that will help to address the concerns.

People should rightly be able to:

  • feel safe in their communities
  • expect high-quality services from the police and council to prevent crime
  • expect that victims’ needs are given priority and to be given a say in how services for victims are improved.

Our pledge to victims of crime

We will:

  • give victims the high-quality help and support they need
  • protect victims of crime by offering support and advice on staying safe
  • support witnesses in court to feel safe and protected
  • work with agencies to prevent youth crime in Bexley

The following organisations work with us to make this happen:

Meeting the young person who offended

If you want to, you may be able to meet the young person who committed the offence. This can happen in one of two ways.

Referral Orders

When a young person is sentenced to a Referral Order they must attend a panel run by trained community volunteers. The volunteers will come to an agreement with the young person and their parents/carer as to what they must do during the order. The panels are held at the Civic Offices and are usually in the early evening.

As the victim, you have a right to attend the panel and as part of the meeting may be asked if the young person can do anything to help repair the harm they caused. This may be direct work for you or could be a community project that the young people can help with.

More about Referral Orders

Restorative justice meeting

These meetings are held when people affected by an offence choose to meet the young person who committed the offence (and their parents/carers) to talk about what has happened, how it has affected everyone and what needs to happen next to help put things right.

More about restorative justice

Information for parents and carers

We offer support and advice to parents and carers about their child’s offending, risk of offending or antisocial behaviour.

If your child (10 to 17) has been arrested or has been charged with an offence, please contact us. We'll talk to you about how we, or other preventative services, can help.