The County Durham Youth Offending Service ‘Rapid Health Needs Assessment of Young People who Offend 2016/17’ has been written by a multi-disciplinary group to inform service development to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for young people who offend in County Durham. Evidence demonstrates that young people who offend have a wide range of complex health needs which have a direct impact on their health and wellbeing, as well as their likelihood of engaging in offending behaviour.

Factsheet: CDYOS_HNA_Final_13.06.17

Key messages

  • Almost 1 in 4 young people in custody had, at some point, been on the Child Protection Register and / or experienced abuse or neglect at home,
  • The prevalence of mental health and intellectual / learning disabilities is high in young people who offend and facing permanent exclusion,
  • Homelessness amongst young people who offend is felt to be underestimated as many do not define themselves as homeless as they may be staying with friends or ‘sofa surfing’.

Links to Data:  Links to data sources and references are in the attached factsheet above and:

LG Inform: First time entrants to the Youth Justice System aged 10 – 17: