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Dorset Combined Youth Justice Service

Dorset Combined Youth Justice Service aims to prevent and reduce offending by young people in Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The service works with young people in the local youth justice system.  Our purpose is to help those young people to make positive changes, to keep them safe, to keep other people safe, and to repair the harm caused to victims.

This means we can support the national Youth Justice Board Vision that:

‘Every child should live a safe and crime-free life and make a positive contribution to society'.

Who We Are and What We Do

Dorset Combined Youth Justice Service (DCYJS) is a statutory partnership between Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Dorset Council, Dorset Police, the National Probation Service Dorset and NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. 

We are a multi-disciplinary team which includes youth justice officers, restorative justice specialists, parenting workers, education and employment workers, police officers, probation officers, nurses, speech and language therapists and a psychologist.

The team works directly with young people who have committed criminal offences to help them make positive changes and to reduce the risks to them and to other people.  We also work directly with parents and carers to help them support their children to make changes.

We make contact with all victims of crimes committed by the young people we work with. We offer those victims the chance to take part in restorative justice processes so we can help to repair the harm they have experienced.

The organisations in the YJS partnership also work together to improve the quality of our local youth justice system, and to ensure that young people who work with the YJS can access the specialist support they need for their care, health and education.

The combination of work to improve our local youth justice and children's services systems, and direct work with young people, parents and victims, enables us to meet the Youth Justice Board's ‘System Aims':

  • Reduce the number of children in the youth justice system
  • Reduce reoffending by children in the youth justice system
  • Improve the safety and well-being of children in the youth justice system
  • Improve outcomes for children in the youth justice system.

Support for Young People with SEN and disability

In response to the Code of Practice, the Youth Justice Service supports young people with an EHC plan in custody. DCYOS ensures that the local authority and the custodial establishment work together to ensure the EHC plan continues to be delivered in custody, and again post-release. If a young person goes into custody without an EHC plan but where there is a need for an EHC assessment then the YJS or the custodial establishment requests the assessment from the local authority. DCYJS plays a role in facilitating the assessment and the exchange of information.

Once a young person is released then DCYJS supervises the young person in the community, and part of the supervision will involve supporting them to access the right education provision. This can include working with the young person to build their motivation and reduce barriers to attendance. It can also include work with the local authority to ensure that appropriate provision is made available to the young person.

DCYJS works with the two local authorities across Dorset to identify SEND issues early in our work with a young person, so that they are less likely to find themselves in custody. Therefore, we seek to exchange information when we start work with a young person to find out if the young person is known to the SEN team (and vice versa). DCYJS liaises with SEN teams if it seems that an EHC assessment might be required.

For the Dorset Council area please contact 0300 1233339

BCP Council
519a Ashley Road
BH14 0BD
01202 453939
01202 453940
Contact Name
David Webb
Contact Position
Service Manager
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Area coverage
Pan Dorset
Times Available:
Monday to Friday 8:45am - 5:15pm.
Further Opening Details:
some appointments take place outside office hours
All Year Round
This service is free.
Special Provisions:
Speech, Language & Communication Needs
Referral Criteria:
Via Youth Offending Team

SEN and Disabilities Service Description

Research shows a high level of special educational needs amongst the young offender group. The YOS works with schools and local authorities to make sure that young people's special educational needs are identified and addressed.

We also liaise with custodial establishments to ensure that any young person in custody receives the specialist education which they require. It should be stressed that custody is a last resort which is very rarely used, and most of our work takes place in the community.

SEN and Disabilities Access

We are flexible about how we meet with young people and families, usually doing so at or near the young peson's home. We aim to avoid times when the young person should be in education, training or employment

SEN and Disabilities Transition

All YOS interventions are for a fixed duration, specified by the court order or police caution. If there are ongoing needs then we link with relevant partners to ensure ongoing support for the young person after our role ends.

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