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Leeds Youth Offending Service

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Leeds Youth Offending Service (YOS) is part of Leeds Children’s Services. We work with children and young people (aged 10-17 years) who have offended and help prevent them getting into further trouble. We achieve this by working together with young people and their parents or carers, the victims of crime and other agencies and organisations in the local community.

The YOS is made up of Social Workers, Education Workers, Police Officers, Health Workers, Probation Officers, Restorative Justice and Youth Workers. It uses a multi-agency approach in order to access the services young people need to help turn them away from crime. In this way we can:

  • support children and young people and prevent them from offending;
  • reduce the risk of further offending by young people and help them face up to the consequences of their offending;
  • work with and support victims of youth crime;
  • support young people who are bailed by the courts;
  • prepare reports for the courts;
  • supervise young people on court orders;
  • assist with arrangements for a young person remanded to Local Authority care by the courts;
  • support young people during sentence and on release from custodial sentences;
  • assist parents through voluntary support.

For further information about the criminal justice system for youths please see the external links on the bottom right of this page.

To contact Leeds YOS please use the contact us tab.​

I have been bailed by the police to attend court. Can I attend court on my own?

If you are 17 or over you can attend court on your own. If you are 16 or under then you will need to have an appropriate adult, such as a parent or carer with you at court. If a parent or carer cannot attend court you must still attend and the case can be adjourned for a parent or carer to attend.

I have been bailed by the police to attend court. How do I get a solicitor to represent me?

If you wish you can contact a solicitor in advance of your hearing. There is a website containing contact details for solicitors which can be accessed by clicking the following link. If you do not have a solicitor in advance of your hearing then there will always be a duty solicitor at court who will be available on the day of your hearing.

Searchable database to help you find a solicitor, advice on what to expect, guides to common legal problems and what to do if things go wrong.

I have been bailed to court but cannot go on the date I was given. What should I do?

If you have a valid reason for not attending court you must contact your solicitor as soon as possible to let them know. If you do not have a solicitor then you must contact the Youth Offending Service (YOS) court team on 01132145110 or your YOS worker if you have one.

If you are ill on the day of a hearing you must contact your solicitor or the YOS court team. You will be required to produce a medical certificate at your next hearing.
If you fail to inform your solicitor or the YOS that you cannot attend court, a warrant for your arrest may be issued.

I have to go to court. I have never been before and am worried about it. Who can I talk to?

If you have a solicitor then you can discuss your case with them. If you do not have a solicitor then you can call the Youth Offending Service court team on 01132145110.

If you are attending court as a witness you can call Leeds Witness Service on 0113 246 7935.