Youth Offending Service Update: COVID-19

On 19th March 2020, the Welsh government imposed measures to help to stop the spread of Covid-19. Due to this, we have had to close the Youth Offending Service office at Mamhilad House.

Staff are continuing to work from home mainly, but are completing face to face to contacts where necessary on the basis of risk and safeguarding (using social distancing), for Court Duty, Appropriate Adult requirement and urgent administrative duties. Our telephone lines have been re-directed so that Business Support can answer all calls, if anyone needs to contact us.

Young people and their families involved with the Youth Offending Service have all been contacted. Plans have been put in place to continue with their Court Orders, Out of Court Disposals, Community Resolutions and Prevention interventions safely whilst ensuring that appointments, reports and safeguarding are continuing despite the different format.

Our service has adapted by increasing the use of technology, being pro-active and creative to deliver a service to support young people and their families/carers during this time. For example, virtual panels and meetings have been taken place.

If you need to contact us, please ring our main office telephone 01495 768300 or email us on

Please follow the Welsh Government Guidelines regarding COVID-19

Stay Safe,

Monmouthshire and Torfaen Youth Offending Service

Details of Prevention Workshops Offered

Prevention and raising awareness workshops

Youth Offending Service ‘Prevention’ staff deliver workshops to youth centres, schools, referral units etc as and when necessary.  The workshops offered include awareness and consequences of anti social / nuisance / behaviour,  substance misuse,  social media / internet safety / cyber bullying,  peer pressure, bullying,  road safety etc.

Year 6 project

This free half day programme, developed by the Monmouthshire and Torfaen Youth Offending Service, is delivered to Year 6 pupils in selected local schools within the two boroughs.  It is delivered during the last term of the school year before the children break up for the summer holidays. These children will be transitioning to High Schools after the holidays and may, perhaps, be moving out of their comfort zones.  The workshop raises awareness of:

  • How the public perceive young people
  • Peer pressure
  • Consequences of nuisance / anti-social and offending behaviour
  • Victim empathy
  • Effects of bullying/cyber bullying
  • The consequences of alcohol and substance use and its link to nuisance / anti-social and offending behaviour


This is an initiative run by Gwent Police, in partnership with Magistrates and the Youth Offending Services, and is delivered to all year seven pupils to raise awareness of what happens when you enter the Criminal Justice System.  The YOS workshop is around prevention (following on from the year 6 project) and we cover topics such as:

  • making choices
  • peer pressure
  • public perception
  • consequences of offending / anti social / nuisance behaviour