About Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service

Aims to reduce re-offending and working to protect the public

DCYOS uses early intervention principles to divert young people from getting into trouble and having to go to court.

Dorset Youth Offending Team and Bournemouth and Poole Youth Offending Service merged on 1 July 2015. They are now known as Dorset Combined YOS. The lead authority is Bournemouth Borough Council.

Dorset Combined YOS also works in partnership with other groups. We aim to achieve our aims both in preventing offending and reducing re offending. The principle of partnership working has underscored its success in achieving key outcomes.

Our aims

The strategic aims of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales are to:

  • Prevent offending.

  • Reduce offending.

  • Ensure the safe and effective use of custody.

  • Increase victim and public confidence.

How we work

The work of the Dorset YOS is underpinned by a set of principles that inform all we do. 

We value the worth of all young people and by working with them and their families to prevent or reduce offending. We aim to assist the communities in which they live. We are committed to challenging any behaviour that perpetuates discrimination and limits individuals from realising their potential.

Dorset YOS operates within the Youth Justice Board's national framework of Youth Justice. It has the statutory responsibility to prevent offending and reduce re offending. 

Dorset YOS delivers its services within the framework of Dorset County Councils' Corporate aims. It contributes to the Dorset Strategic Partnership in particular through its work with the Community Safety Partnership.

We deliver a comprehensive range of youth justice services across the whole of the County Council area. We use an appropriately skilled staff group from a range of relevant professional backgrounds.

Our partners

Dorset YOS receives strategic direction from senior representatives of Partner agencies. They are able to make resource commitments to the Dorset YOS.

The statutory partners are:

Other partners include:


Contact details East Dorset

Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
Bournemouth Learning Centre
Ensbury Avenue 
BH10 4HG

Telephone: 01202 453939

Contact details West Dorset

Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
Monkton Park
Winterborne Monkton 

Telephone: 0300 123 3339

Email DCYOS@Bournemouth.gcsx.gov.uk