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Youth justice

Our services cover the spectrum of youth justice, from crime diversion and prevention through to intensive supervision and surveillance and reparation. We aim to prevent first-time entrance into the criminal justice system, intervene when young people have committed an offence and support young people already subject to youth justice.


Our approach

We deliver a range of services that cover the spectrum of youth justice, from crime diversion and prevention through to intensive supervision and surveillance. We aim to deliver a more rehabilitative, restorative and effective justice system for people with convictions, victims and communities. At the heart of this is our belief that relationships are crucial to effective desistance from offending.

In addition, we provide many of the key components of a good youth offending service. We deliver high-level family support, run alternative education provision, support people into employment and casework high risk young people. We also successfully deliver many of the wrap-around services to young people at risk of offending. These include bespoke gangs programmes, victim work and services that support children who go missing and/or are victims of sexual exploitation.


Our services

Bristol and Suffolk: Reparation
Working with local authorities, partner agencies and charities, our services identify suitable reparation projects, including charity shop work, supporting food banks and cleaning graffiti. Our aim is for young people in custody to take responsibility for their actions, make amends and not commit further offences. Community reparative sessions encourage young people to reintegrate and take pride in their local community, while paying back for their crime and learning new skills.

Northamptonshire: Appropriate Adult
Statutory Appropriate Adult provision as defined by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE). Our Appropriate Adults, who are mostly volunteers, provide a service for young people at the police station or in court, ensuring they understand the process and supporting them on bail. Read more here

Northamptonshire: Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes
ISSPs are statutory services by court order, involving daily support for under 18-year-olds facing a custodial sentence or a remand to custody. Our ISSP services steer young people towards positive pathways, focusing on constructive activities and practical advice.

Suffolk Positive Futures
Our Suffolk Positive Futures services use sport, physical activities, arts and education to engage vulnerable young people, connect them to their community and prevent them from entering the criminal justice system.

‘I left school without any GCSEs and with very little confidence. I now have qualifications as well as paid employment. I am determined to repay the faith the project has shown in me and continue learning and getting experience.’
Suffolk Positive Futures, service user


Further information


Get in touch

Contact us if you have an enquiry about Catch22’s youth justice services and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note

*Due to GDPR restrictions we cannot give out any details of prisoners we work with. If you are enquiring about, or fearing for the safety of a person in custody, please contact the security team at the prison and/or police in your local area. Use the prison finder to find appropriate contact details: www.justice.gov.uk/contacts/prison-finder

Please be aware that we are unable to provide emergency support or urgent responses through this enquiry form.

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