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Hackney Youth Justice Service

Hackney Youth Justice Service,
275 Mare Street,
E8 1GR
Telephone: 020 8356 3872
020 8356 1090


Who we are:

We are a statutory service that only takes referrals from the Police or the Courts.

Our aim is to prevent re-offending by children and young people aged 10 years to 17 years.

Our team is made up of:

  • social workers
  • youth workers
  • police and probation officers
  • health and education workers e.g. Speech and Language Therapists 

What we do:

We work with children and young people from Hackney who have admitted to a crime or been found guilty by a court of committing a crime. 

Children and young people referred to us must co-operate and complete their programme, sentence or order.

We listen to the child and their parent(s) or carer(s) and discuss what has brought them to the attention of the police and courts.  

We make plans together with the child and their family. This includes an assessment of what support or other actions are necessary to prevent future crimes. This means a child must come to regular appointments and we will also expect to visit your home.

There are often additional activities that will have to be done, such as making good the harm to a victim that a crime might have caused.

Some children are required to remain at home at certain times of the evening and night time. This might be monitored by an electronic wrist or ankle bracelet.

We will expect full time attendance at school or college or apprenticeships and we will help with finding suitable activities. 

We work hard to ensure all the activities the young people take part in are meaningful and actually help a child to reduce their offending behaviour.

Sometimes this includes meetings with speech and language therapists, or wellbeing and physical health professionals.

Other activities might include programmes about preventing knife crime, first aid or managing emotions.

A very small number of children do spend some time in youth detention (sometimes called ‘prison’ or ‘custody’). If this happens we keep in contact and will work with a family to maintain contact with their child during this time.

If a child or young person does not keep to the requirements or conditions of the order or court sentence, we do return that person back to court to explain why they did not co-operate. 

Youth Justice Team in Hackney awarded a Quality Mark 

Hackney Youth Justice Service for children in trouble with the law has been working with other teams to be more aware of and sensitive to the communication and language difficulties experienced by many of it's service users.

Over half of the young people known to Youth Justice Service in Hackney did not understand vocabulary commonly used such as ‘breach’ or ‘comply’.

Hackney’s Youth Justice and Speech and Language Teams have been successfully working with young people, police officers and the community to:

•            raise awareness of these issues and   

•            support vulnerable young people

In recognition of the work in securing better outcomes for children and young people with SEN, Hackney's Young Offending Team have been awarded a Quality Mark by Achievement for All in partnership with the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers.  (January 2019).

Hackney Youth Justice QM

Record Last Updated on: 28/02/2019

Time / Date Details

When is it on

9:00 am - 5:00pm

Time of day


Session Information

Closed on bank holidays

Other Details



Who is eligible?

Statutory service for those aged 10 years to 17 years admitting to or convicted of a crime.

Referral required?


Referral Details

Referrals to this service come  

Via the Police or Courts

What to do if you have a complaint

If you have any feedback about the service you received – something you like or are not happy with; then do talk about it with the worker or manager in the service, so that they can look at how they deliver their service.

If you have a situation that you are still not happy about then you can raise it formally as part of the London Borough of Hackney complaints procedure; click here for more information.

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, 394

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

Disabled Parking available.

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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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