Reducing youth crime is central to building safer communities
and to tackle the problem of social exclusion.
The Council works closely with the Probation Service, The
Police, and the Health Service to tackle the problem of offending
antisocial behaviour by young people. The Rochdale Youth Offending
Team is a multi-agency unit that aims to work effectively with
others to reduce the level and impact of youth crime in Rochdale.
An important part of the team’s work involves providing
pre-sentence reports to Court to decide on suitable sentences and
supervising a range of court orders that help young people avoid
The Youth Offending Team is a special Unit made up of staff
employed by the Council’s Children's Social Care Service, the
Probation Service, the Police, the Education Service and the Health
Authority, all of whom are there to work with young offenders from
anywhere in Rochdale from 10 years up to the age of 18. Together we
work to reduce the level and impact of youth crime in
The Youth Offending Team provides a range of services to: the
Court; young people who have committed offences; their families;
the community in Rochdale/victims.
We provide a fair and consistent service for all young
people in the criminal justice process aim to work effectively with
young people to reduce the level and impact of youth crime in
Offending and antisocial behaviour
The Youth Offending Team has a prevention team that works with
others to stop offending and antisocial behaviour before it
starts. Our aim is to help prevent children and young
people becoming involved in crime or antisocial behaviour and the
prevention team offer voluntary support services to children and
young people aged 5-18 years and their families.
Our services are based on the following principles:
- Offending by young people is a matter of serious concern to the
community and requires agencies to work together to manage the
- Children and young people need help and support to develop into
- Young offenders are more likely to develop into law-abiding
adults by remaining in the community rather than being removed from
- Custody has damaging effects and does not stop young people
- The law states that custody should only be used as a last
resort where the offending is persistent or is so serious or where
the public need protecting from serious harm.
Achieving our aims
Our work to achieve our aims includes all of the following:
- Taking an active part in crime prevention work.
- Working alongside existing organisations that offer support and
activities to young people.
- Supporting parents to deal effectively with their child’s
- Assisting the Police and families to deal more effectively with
some young people without the need for Court.
- Working with young people who are awaiting sentence. For those
who cannot live at home during this period, providing a range of
supervised settings where they can live.
- Providing reports to help Courts to decide the most suitable
sentence for a young person.
- Actively taking into account issues of public protection and
the interests of victims in all work with young people.
- Providing a range of community sentences through which young
people are supervised, faced with their offending and its effects,
and helped to develop more responsible and law-abiding
- Where a young person is sentenced to custody, working with
prison staff and others to prepare them for when they are released
and to supervise and support them when they return to the community
so as to reduce the risk of them re-offending.
The Youth Offending Team works throughout to ensure that no
young person is the subject of discrimination because of race,
colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability or any
other improper ground at any stage of the justice process.
If you feel unhappy about the way you have been treated you have
the right to talk to the Youth Offending Team Manager about this.
They will take your complaint seriously. There is also a formal
complaints procedure, a copy of which you should receive at the
start of your Order.