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Youth Justice Service

Wiltshire Youth Justice Service works with children and young people, their families, victims, and the wider community to prevent and reduce offending.

The Wiltshire Youth Justice Service (YJS) is made up of multi-disciplined professionals who work together to provide support for young people involved in, or at risk of, contact with the criminal justice system. Wiltshire YJS includes social workers, youth justice officers, young people's support workers, speech and language therapists, specialist school nurses, police, parenting workers, substance misuse workers and education workers. We work closely with other services, such as education, to support holistic planning with a 'child first, offender second' approach. 

Children and young people are usually referred to Wiltshire YJS by police or the Courts. We work with children from age 10 to 17 years. Sometimes up to 18 years old, depending on the young person's level of need, and type of Court order. The service has a statutory responsibility to case-manage and supervise young people who have offended and received an outcome at Court, including a custodial sentence, or who are subject to pre-Court disposals. Work is also undertaken with children at risk of offending who will now be under the newly launched national Turnaround programme. All children and young people working with YJS, from prevention up to custody, are provided with support around education. The team includes an Education Officer, who will support school-aged children, and an Education, Employment and Training Personal Advisor, who will mostly supports post-16 young people who are looking to attend further education or gain employment. 

In 2021 Wiltshire YJS achieved Quality Lead status as part of the Wiltshire Area Partnership Achievement for All Youth Justice SEND Quality Assurance evaluation process. This demonstrated the commitment to quality service provision for young people with SEND in a youth justice setting.

Enhanced Case Management (ECM) and Trauma Risk Management (TRiM)

As part of the Wiltshire YJS, team members are developing and implementing trauma informed practice by championing ECM. Through the specialist TRIM practitioner role, they are also able to support colleagues across our department, and Wiltshire Council as a whole, who have experienced a traumatic work-related incident.

Contact Wiltshire YJS

Contact the team on 01249 709400.

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