Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service

Aims to prevent and reduce offending by young people in the BCP Council area and Dorset 

Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service works with young people in the local youth justice system. Our purpose is to help those young people to make positive changes, to keep them safe, to keep other people safe, and to repair the harm caused to victims.

This means we can support the national Youth Justice Board Vision that:

‘Every child should live a safe and crime-free life and make a positive contribution to society’.

Who We Are and What We Do

Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service (DCYOS) is a statutory partnership between BCP Council, Dorset Council, Dorset Police, National Probation Service Dorset and NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. 

We are a multi-disciplinary team which includes youth justice officers, restorative justice specialists, parenting workers, education and employment workers, police officers, probation officers, nurses, speech and language therapists and a psychologist.

The team works directly with young people who have committed criminal offences to help them make positive changes and to reduce the risks to them and to other people.  We also work directly with parents and carers to help them support their children to make changes.

We make contact with all victims of crimes committed by the young people we work with. We offer those victims the chance to take part in restorative justice processes so we can help to repair the harm they have experienced.

The organisations in the YOS partnership also work together to improve the quality of our local youth justice system, and to ensure that young people who work with the YOS can access the specialist support they need for their care, health and education.

The combination of work to improve our local youth justice and children’s services systems, and direct work with young people, parents and victims, enables us to meet the Youth Justice Board’s ‘System Aims’:

  • Reduce the number of children in the youth justice system
  • Reduce reoffending by children in the youth justice system
  • Improve the safety and well-being of children in the youth justice system
  • Improve outcomes for children in the youth justice system. 

Contact details Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and East Dorset

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

Telephone: 01202 794321

Contact details Dorset Council

Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
Monkton Park
Winterborne Monkton 

Telephone: 0300 123 3339