Youth Offending Team

Last updated: 05/10/2023

The Youth Offending Team (YOT) is made up of social workers, education workers, a police officer, health worker, probation, restorative justice and youth workers.  The team involves people from these different agencies to help access the services young people need to help turn them away from crime.

The YOT:

  • Works with young people who have received an out of court disposal from police, or who have been to court for an offence, and the court has ordered them to work with the YOT
  • Provides reports for the court to advise on what services are available, to assist in decisions about sentencing for young people
  • Provides services to parents to help them to respond to any difficulties their children have
  • Work with victims of youth crime, offering advice and information, and an opportunity for the effect of the offence on them to be made known to the young person, either directly or indirectly

Who to contact

Contact Name
Stacey Clay
Contact Position
Service Manager
01635 553600

Where to go

Merchant House
Oxford Road
RG14 1PA

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Time of day

Other Details


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

The Youth Offending Team work with young people following a referral from the police or courts following the commission of a criminal offence.

Local Offer


The Youth Offending Team works with 10-17 year olds who have committed criminal offences and been dealt with by the police or courts, with the purpose of preventing them re-offending.

Contact Name
Dave Wraight
Contact Telephone
01635 553600
Contact Email
SEN Provision Type
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)

The service is located in a building that is suitable to be accessed by young people with different needs, in addition the services can be adaptable to meet in a more suitable location.

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

Young people have to be sent by the police or court to be able to access the service

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

Following the commission of an offence and subsequent arrest a decision will be made by the police of crown prosecution service regards the most appropriate disposal.

What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services? (include timescales for responding to referrals and accessing services)

The Youth Justice Board set national standards for the provision of youth justice services

Who provides / funds your service?
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Details of charges, whether any help is available with costs

Not applicable

Inspection outcomes/quality awards

The YOT is inspected by HMI Probation, the last inspection found West Berkshire YOT performed above the national average in all areas assessed.

Feedback and complaints procedure

Any complaints are dealt in line with the Children's Services Complaints procedure.

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

There are clear processes in place from the recruitment, selection and training of staff to ongoing supervision and input regarding safeguarding. All young people are assessed and any risks or vulnerability issues are managed accordingly. Written records are kept of all contacts with young people.

Quality checks

  • DBS check

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