Somerset Youth Offending Team (YOT) aims to reduce youth offending. Most of the work of the team is with young people aged 10 to 18 who have been arrested by the police for a crime.
The team includes social workers, police and probation officers, psychologists, drugs workers, parenting workers, restorative justice workers, education workers and volunteers.
We work with young people who have been referred to the YOT. You will be contacted by a member of the team and your first appointment will be an assessment. After that, you will be given appointments to see different YOT workers according to your needs. Most appointments are compulsory.
If you are a victim, your contact with YOT will be with a specialist victim or restorative justice worker and is always voluntary.
If you are a parent or carer, your YOT contact is usually voluntary. If a Parenting Order has been made or if you are to attend a Referral Order panel meeting, it is compulsory.
Following the assessment meeting, a plan of work will normally be agreed. This will be designed to meet your needs, any risk issues and will have the aim of reducing any further harm to the community. YOT staff working with you will also support in making future positive choices.
You may be involved with the YOT for just one meeting or the Court may have ordered you to have contact for up to three years. The length of time will depend on many factors including whether you are a victim or a young person who has committed an offence, and the seriousness of the offence.
We have five offices in Somerset:
Taunton YOT, Unit 3, Belvedere Road Trading Estate, Taunton TA1 1BH - There is no visitor parking available between 9am and 5.30pm. Please use the public car park behind the District Council office in Belvedere Road.
Bridgwater YOT, New Prospects, Sedgemoor Centre, Westonzoyland Road, Bridgwater TA6 5HT - There is limited parking on site for staff. Parking is available for visitors at the rear of the church next door. Follow the lane between the church and the Gardens Nursery Buildings to the rear parking area.
Shepton Mallet YOT – Youth Offending Team, Somerset County Council, PO Box 5176, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 9DD. For travelling (SAT NAV) to Cannards Grave please use BA4 5BT. There is no parking on site; the nearest public car park is in Commercial Road, BA4 5DN (about a 5 minute walk to the District Council offices.)
Yeovil YOT – Morley House, 26 West Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1XE. There is no parking on site; the nearest public car park is at Fairfield Car Park, BA20 1TX (a very short walk from the office.)
Street YOT – 5/7 West End, Street, Somerset BA16 0LG. There is no parking on site; the nearest public car parks are along Street High Street, (about a 5 minute walk from the office.)
YOT Offices are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 4.30pm on Friday. Appointments are often arranged outside of these times.
We are committed to working with all young people, their parents and carers and victims without discrimination through race, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
We want to help support each young person living in Somerset to have the best possible chance of achieving their potential.
The Youth Offending Service’s Community Involvement Team is looking for volunteers
- To act as an Appropriate Adult in support of either a juvenile or a vulnerable adult detainee and to ensure that the detained person for whom you are acting understands what is happening to them and why (not currently recruiting).
- Panel Volunteers to work with other Panel Members and the Youth Offending Service Youth Justice Practitioners to devise individual and imaginative programmes of work to address young people’s offending behaviour
- Reparation Volunteers to support young people to fully participate in their reparation work
For more information phone 01458 440820, or email YPSVolunteers@somerset.gov.uk