Youth intervention officers
We have dedicated youth intervention officers working directly with 860 schools and colleges, and 256,000 children and young people living in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Youth intervention officers work with our neighbourhood policing teams to implementing our youth strategy, and support our partner agencies to implement the 'Every Child Matters' agenda.
The 'Every Child Matters' agenda recognises that children and young people have the right to:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution, and;
- Achieve economic well being
Our youth intervention officers work with young people as influential members of local communities and also support young people who have become victims of crime as well as working with those who may be at risk of offending or re-offending or those who may be taking part in anti-social behaviour.
Youth interventions officers play a part in teaching subjects, on a needs-led basis, which are part of the school curriculum supporting 'Personal', 'Social', 'Health', 'Citizenship' and 'Economics'. They talk to young people about personal safety, substance use and misuse.
Youth intervention officers also take part in the following police activities: