Somerset Youth Offending Team, 5-7 West End, Street, Somerset, BA16 0LG
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.
They also work with families and carers, with victims of the young people concerned, and with their communities. The team includes social workers, psychologists, drugs workers, parenting workers, restorative workers, education workers and volunteers.
The Youth Offending Service has a vibrant and active team of volunteers to support the work of the YOS. This includes:
For more information visit Somerset Volunteering – Volunteer opportunities in Somerset
Important changes – Special educational needs (SEN) and Children and Young People in Youth Custody
From 1 April 2015 the changes brought in by the new Special education needs and disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice apply also to children and young people with special educational needs who are in youth custody.
The new legal changes give children and young people with SEN in youth custody new rights. They also introduce new expectations on custodial establishments, Local Authorities, health partners and Youth Offending Teams.
In Somerset links have been made between the SEN and Youth Offending Teams and they are planning how to work better together in cases where children and young people in custody have special educational needs.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2015 sets out in chapter 10 the detail of the new requirements.
Why the changes are important to Children and Young People in Youth Custody with SEN
The numbers of children and young people in youth custody with SEN are very low, the new SEND Code of Practice brings important changes. The support, provision, assessment and review children and young people in youth custody with SEN are crucial because:
Which Children and Young People in Youth Custody with SEN do the changes apply to?
The new arrangements apply to:
What do the changes mean for Children and Young People in Youth Custody with SEN?
This might include an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan and if necessary a request for EHC needs assessment can be made.
The same responsibility of maintaining and reviewing applies to any care and health provision written in the plan.
In Somerset we have made links between the SEN and Youth Offending Teams and we are planning how we can better work together in cases where children and young people in custody have special educational needs.
The Somerset Youth Offending Team is part of Somerset County Council. Whether we’ve got something right, or could have done something better, we would like to hear what you think of our services. If you want to inform us of a complaint, comment or compliment please visit our Complaints, comments, compliments page
The team is committed to working with all young people, their parents and carers and victims without discrimination because of race, gender, sexual orientation or disability. They want to help support each young person living in Somerset to have the best possible chance of achieving their potential.
You can find out more about the work of the Somerset Youth Offending Team and where our offices are located on the Somerset County Council website.
Our Offices are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday. Appointments are often arranged outside of these times.