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Youth Justice Service

We work with children and young people aged eight to 18 years who have offended, or are at risk of offending, and help prevent them getting into further trouble. 

We work with a variety of organisations, young people, parents and carers to:

  • make sure children receive the support they need to lead crime-free lives and contribute positively to society
  • make sure that victims are supported
  • make sure the public feels protected and safe

In our service there are staff from the Police, Probation Service, Health Service, Education and Social Services and we receive our referrals from Merseyside Police and the Merseyside Combined Youth Courts.

Contact details
Lord Street Centre
Lord Street
St Helens
WA10 2SP
Tel: 01744 677990
Email: yotadministration@sthelens.gov.uk

Opening times
Monday to Thursday: 8:45am–5:15pm
Friday: 8:45am–5:00pm

You may have questions if you have been referred to us either by the police or by the court. We hope the information below will answer your questions but if you need more information or have any worries then please contact us on 01744 677990.

Out of Court Disposals - the Out of Court Disposal Leaflet for Children, Parents and Carers in the 'Related Documents' section will be useful to you if the Police have referred you to the Youth Justice Service for an Out of Court Disposal.

Information about Court - if you have received a summons telling you to attend court, then you must attend on that date. The information in the 'Sentencing Journey' leaflet in the 'Related Documents' tab below will provide you with information about what happens at court and how you can prepare. There is also an app you can download if you would prefer to read the information this way - the link for this is also below under 'Useful Links'.

If you have been a victim of crime committed by a young person, your views and feelings are important to us. We provide information to victims of youth crime and will listen to you about the effect the crime has had on you.

We also give you a chance to communicate with the young person who has committed the offence. This might be directly or indirectly and it will encourage the young person to understand the effects of their actions on you and hopefully help to make amends for any harm they have caused. This is called Restorative Justice. Please read the leaflet 'Victim Contact and Restorative Justice' in the 'Related Documents' section for more information.

We run a voluntary prevention programme for children aged 8-18, which typically runs for a period of three months. A referral for prevention work can be made by any professional or directly from the child's family.

The referral criteria are:

  • The child is at risk of committing a crime;
  • There have been a number of arrests in the local community but no further action has been taken;
  • Involvement in anti-social behaviour in the community;
  • Concerns that the child is being criminally exploited;
  • Significant concerns regarding carrying and using of weapons in the local community.

If you would like to refer a child for prevention work, please complete the form in the 'Related Documents' section below and send to yotsecure@sthelens.gov.uk.cjsm.net.