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Youth Offending Service

The Youth Offending Service work with young people who get into trouble with the law.

They are made up of a team of specialists, including:

  • social workers
  • probation officers
  • police officers
  • reparation workers
  • victim workers
  • mental health practitioners
  • education workers
  • speech and language therapists
  • youth offending team officers
  • volunteer community panel members

They also work closely with other specialist services such as Y-SMART  – Devon’s drug and alcohol service for under 18s and Careers South West.

What they do

If you commit an offence, they will speak to you about what happened and how they can help. They will agree a plan with you, and help you to change your behaviour so that you can move on with your life, and, where necessary, get back to college or school.

Who the service is for

The service is available to young people aged from 10 to 17 years old.

Usually, the police contact them when someone has committed an offence and they work with young people who are given a court order. However, sometimes family members and friends contact them if they are worried about young person’s behaviour.

The Youth Justice Legal Centre has produced some useful videos for young people to explain police stop and search, what happens after arrest and what to expect at the youth court.

How to contact them

For North and West Devon please call 01271 388150

For Central, East and South Devon please call 01392 384978

Alternatively you can email

Opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and on Fridays from 9am to 4pm.

Offices are located at Barbican House, 5 Barbican Close, Barnstaple, EX32 9HE and Ivybank, 45 St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 4DN

If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email

If it’s an emergency call 999

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