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Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on here are still in the process of posting service updates. Many phone lines and websites are still available, but some contact details have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at dos@reading.gov.uk or fis@reading.gov.uk

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.

 

Page reviewed March 2020

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 advisers 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.

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.
www.justice.gov.uk

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 Service, how can they help?

If you get into trouble with the law, your youth offending Service 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 service so you and your family only have to deal with one person.

Who youth offending services are:
The youth offending service are part of the local council (service in Reading is provided by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) on behalf of Reading Borough Council (RBC)). They work with:

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


https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/services/youth-offending-services/

What do Youth Workers do?

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.

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