Young people in the Wakefield district are at the heart of what we do. Our main aim is to fully prepare young people for adulthood with a good education, job prospects and social skills.
Wakefield Youth Work Team
Our Youth Work Team work with and for young people to fully prepare them for adulthood, equipped with the personal and social skills to be valued and engaged as citizens and capable of making positive choices and accessing opportunities.
We look to achieve this through coordinating and delivering a high quality youth work offer which includes opportunities for young people’s voices to be heard:
Street based detached youth work where young people are identified as being involved in risky behaviours.
Targeted youth club sessions for SEND, LGBTQ+ and Young Carers in the Wakefield area.
National youth work programmes, such a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, UK Youth Parliament and British Youth Council.
Support to the voluntary community sector to increase youth work capacity and quality of provision available to young people in the district.
Activity to ensure sufficient offer of positive youth activities is available to young people and publicised across the district.
Phone: 01924 302665
Youth Offending Team
Community Supervision Team
The team provides a full range of services to young people subject to court imposed community sentences. This includes services to Magistrate's, Youth and Crown Courts.
The team also leads on developments in services to victims and communities affected by youth crime. The team works with young people and their families in a planned programme of support and challenge. All work is based on robust assessment processes focusing on risk and protective factors proven to impact on offending behaviour.
A copy of the privacy notice detailing how the Youth Offending Team uses information can be found here: Youth Offending Team Transparency Notice
Intensive Supervision and Complex Needs Team
The Intensive Supervision Team engages with some of the most vulnerable yet serious and persistent offenders within the district. They work with these young people in community and custodial settings to meet their complex needs, reduce the frequency and seriousness of their offending and achieve their full potential. The team works to:
Reduce the frequency and seriousness of offending by the most serious and persistent offenders within the district
Provide intensive levels of support and supervision to ensure high numbers of young people complete the programme
Work in partnership with police and electronic monitoring contractors to deliver the surveillance of the programme
Provide enhanced services to young women within the specialist provision (Rivendell) at HMP New Hall
Coordinate and deliver services to ensure the positive resettlement of young people back into the community following release from a custodial establishment
Assess young people who have complex and multiple needs and broker and provide appropriate packages of care
Negotiate appropriate packages from key services, including Housing, Accommodation, Substance Misuse, Education Training and Employment, and Health
Phone: 01924 304155
Involving Young People and UK Youth Parliament
We ensure young people participate in the planning, delivery and review of our services. We call this Involving Young People (IYP). This work follows on to taking young people that step further and getting them involved in the
UK Youth Parliament where they have a say in the Government decisions that affect young people.
For more information on any of our services please contact us on any of the numbers above or take a look at our