Devon Youth Offending Service

We work with young people aged 10-18 who have offended or at risk of offending. Part of this work is to confront them with the impact of their offending and give them the opportunity to repair the harm they have caused. We therefore contact those harmed by their behaviour and explore options to help move all parties forward.

We offer services to victims whenever a young person has been identified as an offender and been processed by the Police and/or courts. If you are a victim of crime in this situation then we will have attempted to contact you or will do so shortly. Our first attempt will be in writing and we will follow that up with a phone call, ideally so that we can arrange to meet you. Each of our teams has a specific worker set aside to provide the most up to date information and offer support. If you haven't heard from us, or even said no initially but would now like to speak to someone, then do feel free to contact us at any time. We have three teams that cover the whole of Devon, their contact details are adjacent.

We use the principles and techniques of 'Restorative Justice'. This has 3 major strands: That an offender understands the impact of their behaviour and accepts responsibility for this. That having done so that offender is given the opportunity to repair the harm in accordance with the victims wishes, where it is in their power to do so. Finally that all parties are integrated back into their community. You can find out more about Restorative Justice here: www.restorativejustice.org.uk/what-restorative-justice

Services

Find out more about the services we offer by clicking the headings below

Our downloads

  1. PDF Document

    Victims Information Leaflet

    Overview of what we do and what you can expect from our service

    Download here

Victim Care

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I do not want to report the crime to the police but I still want support

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