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

Why do we run groups?

  • To give opportunities to disengaged and crime vulnerable young people.
  • To enable the young people to have ‘normal’ experiences of social events and to assist them to build social skills
  • To engage young people in ‘constructive’ activities
  • To build confidence, self esteem, self respect and self worth
  • To develop team work, leadership and communication skills etc to assist them with their ‘reintegration’ into the community.
  • To help the young people to sustain constructive activity / behaviour when intervention ends.
  • To give opportunities to undertake adventurous activities safely and to overcome physical challenges again building self-confidence.

Regarding health issues that affect young people today such as smoking; substance misuse and sexual health we provide.

  • Information on unhealthy relationships and taking risks / keeping themselves safe
  • Information and advice on sexual health and safe and healthy relationships
  • A better knowledge of S.T.I’s and where to go for help and guidance
  • A more positive regard to body image, including  healthy eating and exercise