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Offending Behaviour

The Family Information Service has sourced the following organisations who can offer information and support for families and individuals who are experiencing behaviour issues.


Organisations that support young people and adults who are experiencing bullying.

BullyingUK: part of Family Lives have launched a new LiveOnline Support service for every member of the family to get advice direct from our Expert team, our advisors are standing by to support you with a wide range of bullying problems. 

Cyberbullying: keep your child safe on computers and mobile phones is a guide produced by Directgov. These days bullying doesn’t just happen in the playground. Cyberbullying – or bullying via digital technologies like mobile phones and computers – is a different threat to your child. It can be harder to spot and more difficult to stop than ‘traditional’ bullying, but understanding the dangers will help you keep your child safe.

Kidscape is committed to keeping children safe from abuse. Kidscape is the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Kidscape believes that protecting children from harm is key.

Recently we have been asked to include details of support for parents being bullied by other parents and children with bullying parents. Please use the following link for more information.

What is the Youth Justice Board (YJB)?

The YJB oversees the youth justice system in England and Wales; works to prevent offending and reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18 and ensures that custody for them is safe, secure, and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour.

What is the Youth Offending Service (YOS)and what do they do?

Reading's Youth Offending Service [YOS] is a multi-agency group consisting of Social Workers, Probation Officers, Police Officers and staff with health and education backgrounds. The YOS provides a range of services required by legislation to deal speedily and effectively with young people aged 10-18 who get into trouble. The Service is overseen by a multi-agency Steering Group but also reports to the National Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. The Service works closely with the Criminal Courts and a range of crime and disorder and children's services.

What are Youth Crime Prevention Programmes?

The aim is to give you as much help as possible to stay out of trouble. There are lots of youth crime prevention programmes that deal with young people who have either been in trouble, or are 'at risk of offending'. Click here to find out more.

Youth Offending Teams, how can they help?

If you get into trouble with the law, your youth offending team will be there to support and supervise you. They will also help your family, if needed. They do this in different ways, and can get involved if:

• you get into trouble with the police or you get arrested
• you are charged with a crime and have to go to court
• you are convicted of a crime and given a sentence

There will usually be a caseworker in the youth offending team so you and your family only have to deal with one person.

Who youth offending teams are:
Youth offending teams are part of the local council. They work with:

• police
• probation officers
• health, housing and children’s services
• schools and education authorities
• the local community

Reading Youth Offending Team - A partnership created by Reading Borough Council & Wokingham District Council together with the Primary Care Trusts in each authority, the National Probation Service and Thames Valley Police.
Tel: 0118 937 2420

What do Youth Workers do?

Our Youth Workers are based within the CAT service, which aims to support young people in their transition from childhood to adulthood. It provides a wide and diverse range of facilities, activities and programmes which are designed to provide social and personal learning opportunities for young people aged 11-25 with a priority on engaging 13-19 year olds, based on their needs and interests. The service compliments and supports formal education by offering a curriculum framework which helps young people to explore the issues which affect them, to make responsible choices, to encourage social interaction, and to increase awareness of health and social issues such as drugs and alcohol education.