Southampton Offending Behaviour Programme

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  • Support young people to learn various new skills and knowledge through a diverse programme
  • Support young people to develop victim awareness and empathy
  • Support and facilitate community re-integration of young people



The Southampton Offending Behaviour Programme is flexible and allows young people to attend those sessions that are most appropriate and relevant to them. Sessions can contribute to Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS) requirements of either a Youth Rehabilitation Order or Bail Supervision programme. The purpose of the programme is to support young people to maintain their engagement throughout the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance element of their Order and ensure that minimum national standards are met. A group management plan is put in place, which ensures that young people can access all elements of the programme.

The programme covers the following areas:

  • Kri-8 Arts programme
  • Victim impact and risk taking behaviour group work
  • Weapons awareness and knife crime
  • Substance misuse awareness
  • Education, Training and Employment engagement sessions
  • ‘Have Your Say’ service user involvement sessions
  • Early intervention group

There are clearly defined learning outcomes for each component of the programme and young people are encouraged to feedback on their learning.Young people also participate in the arts programme steering group.

The programme is comprised of offending behaviour courses designed to challenge and develop young people's attitudes to offending and their problem solving skills.  Each component of the programme is linked to individual risk areas and the five Every Child Matters Outcomes.



Implementing the practice:

  • In times of limited resources, the programme offers a clear opportunity for partnership working and local partners contribute funding to support elements of the programme.The Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner supports ‘Have Your Say, ‘Kri-8 Arts’ and the victim impact and risk taking behaviour group through Safer Communities grant funding.
  • Young people are referred onto the programme by their case manager, following a full assessment.
  • Young people can be referred onto different components of the programme, depending upon their needs/areas of risk.
  • Southampton YOS has a designated officer that supports all the partnerships as well as ensuring timetabling of those partners.
  • In sessions were there are partner agencies available, the content of the session should be led by that organisation.





YOT: Southampton Youth Offending Service
Name: Jon Gardner
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