YOS Case Management

It is a crucial test of any Youth Offending Service to demonstrate that they are actively working to comply with best practice guidelines and also to gain support from family/carers during assessment at the police station, as there are no guarantees to compliance. However, evidence from the delivery of final warnings would indicate high rates of compliance can be expected if this procedure is carried out immediately following the police interview.

All Onset assessments completed by TAAS are faxed to the Youth Offending Service immediately following the call out.


Our immediate reporting to the YOS means that they can gain up to date information on all young people who have been arrested particularly those already known to them on orders. This could help to inform intervention packages/ levels of intensity of programmes etc.


The Home Office are clear that there are no longer any national targets on sanction detections however Local Criminal Justice Boards may still set sanction detections as a local target.


From the experience of the two pilot projects the number of young people eligible for triage is not so significant that it will make a huge difference when set against the numbers of adults and other young people who are counted in calculating sanction detections.


Early evidence from the pilots shows a 43% decrease in first time entrants where an effective triage service is in place.


An independent evaluation of Two pilot schemes in Lewisham and Greenwich show the key findings were:

  • The number of FTEs in Greenwich and Lewisham decreased while the number of FTEs for London as a whole has remained constant.
  • While promising, this positive result cannot be attributed fully to the role of Triage
  • To be successful triage requires a champion in the police. The benefits of triage have become apparent to both the YOS and the police so any initial skepticism on both sides has been reduced
  • Building trust between the police and the YOS is a critical success factor