Intensive Supervision and Survelliance

Working with persistent and prolific offenders to help them develop their skills and turn their life around.

What is Intensive Supervision and Surveillance

ISS works with the 3% of persistent and prolific young offenders who commit 25% of youth crime. As part of ISS (formally ISSP) young people undertake a range of activities including reparative activities, restoring the costs of crime and reintegrating them back into the community. The programme seeks lasting change for young people and their families and reassurance to victims and the community. It provides very troubled young people with an opportunity to turn their lives around.

A core part of programmes also focuses on education and training needs, enabling young people to develop their skills and become more employable. Every young person has their own plan, tailored to tackle the root causes of their offending behaviour.

Electronically monitored curfew

All young people on ISS are subject to an electronically monitored curfew, with any non-compliance reported to the Youth Offending Team within 24 hours.

Young people are required to report for up to 25 hours of activities each week during the length of the programme (typically six to to twelve months).

ISS can be part of bail supervision and support, or it can be part of a sentence made by a Court. Some young people who are finishing custody sentences also go on ISS to help them resettle in their community.

Failure to comply

Failure to co-operate with the rules means going back to court (usually within a week), and if the young person does not show enough commitment to the programme they may well be sent to custody.

Supervision is provided 365 days a year, often outside of office hours and at weekends. This enables the team to respond to the needs of young people and minimise the risk they may pose to others.

ISS - National Model

The Intensive Supervision and Surveillance programme (ISS) is the most rigorous non-custodial intervention available for young offenders. As its name suggests, it combines unprecedented levels of community-based surveillance with a comprehensive and sustained focus on tackling the factors that contribute to the young person's offending behaviour.

The scheme targets the most active repeat young offenders and also those who commit the most serious crimes. The main aims of the programme are to:

  • Reduce the frequency and seriousness of offending in the target groups.
  • Tackle the underlying needs of offenders which give rise to offending, with a particular emphasis on education and training.
  • Provide reassurance to communities through close surveillance backed up by rigorous enforcement.

Contact details East Dorset

Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
Bournemouth Learning Centre
Ensbury Avenue
BH10 4HG

Telephone: 01202 794321

Contact details West Dorset

Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
Monkton Park
Winterborne Monkton

Telephone: 0300 123 3339

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