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Together, preventing offending and
improving lives.

West Mercia Youth Justice Service (WMYJS) works with young people aged 10 – 17 years old who have got into trouble with the police.

Preventing youth offending across four local authorities.


West Mercia Youth Justice Service (WMYJS) is a partnership between four local authorities; Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Worcestershire, as well as three Clinical Commissioning Groups; Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin plus the National Probation Service, West Mercia Police, and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

The service is accountable to the WMYJS Management Board, comprised of senior officers from each partner agency. The service is hosted, on behalf of the Local Authorities and the partnership by the Office of the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).


What do children we work with say

I think that I am less likely to offend now because…
I think the thing that helped me the most was…
I think the service I had from WMYJS has been….
  • "I learnt from my mistake"
  • "I changed my mates"
  • "I’ve sorted my head out"
  • "I got too much to lose"
  • "Get thrown out of home"
  • "It ain’t worth it"
  • "YJS helped me understand about how offending can ruin lives"
  • "I have learnt more techniques for dealing with my anger issues"
  • "I want to make something of my life"
  • "I’m not stupid"
  • "I don’t want to get in trouble again"
  • "I don’t want to ruin my chances of getting a good job"
  • "My family"
  • "Being understood"
  • "Talking and learning about offending and victims"
  • "Getting back into school"
  • "Being on Tag"
  • "Knowing you can come back from making stupid mistakes..."
  • "YJS itself, I have learnt a lot"
  • "Support from the drugs service"
  • "The weapon awareness programme and knife crime"
  • "Myself, my experiences have opened my eyes"
  • "Everything, it was all very engaging"
  • "Amazing"
  • "Kind"
  • "Worth it"
  • "Really good"
  • "Helpful"
  • "Great"
  • "Useful"

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