Frequently asked questions


What is a Youth Offending Service (YOS)?

YOS is part of the Youth Justice System and available in every local authority in England and Wales. Please see the Youth Justice Board website for more information.

Why do young people offend? 

Children and young people might offend for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Problems with family or friends
  • Peer group pressures
  • Social exclusion
  • Truancy
  • Drug problems
  • Mental health issues
  • Other issues

How can Suffolk YOS help me?

Our YOS teams’ offer knowledge and experience that can support young people who have come into contact with us whatever the reasons. However, we don’t claim to have all the solutions to youth offending.

We work together with different agencies, charities, and professions to support the needs of each young person we are in contact with and their family.

By having this approach and working together, we want to make Suffolk a safer place and improve the life opportunities for young people we work with, helping them live a life free from offending.

For more information please see 'what we do'.

Who works at YOS?

We have:

  • Youth offending specialists
  • Social workers
  • Probation officers
  • Police officers
  • Drugs and alcohol advisers
  • Health professionals

Together they form a team that supports young people who are at risk of offending or have already committed an offence.