Information sharing and youth offenders

Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) need to issue a privacy notice summarising the information held about young people, why it is held and who it can be passed on to, so they can meet the requirements imposed by the Data Protection Act 1998.

The privacy notice is a single information sheet given to young people and their parents/carers. For example:

  • a young person will receive the Privacy Notice after their first court appearance when they first meet their YOT Officer

It is no longer necessary to reissue privacy notices to people who have received previous versions.

Recording your information

York YOT uses information about young people who have committed a criminal offence to assist professionals in the management of the work they do to help reduce re-offending.

We also use it for statistical purposes. For example, to inform decisions on how we work with young people and their families and to assess the performance of York YOT.

Examples of information stored about you include (but this is not a complete list):

  • name
  • date of birth
  • address
  • school history
  • offending history
  • all contacts with York YOT
  • assessments

Sharing your information

As well as the types of professionals mentioned in the privacy notice, York YOT are required by law to pass some information on to the Ministry of Justice.

We take out any really personal information, such as names, so there is nothing passed on to the Ministry of Justice that means a young person can be identified. The information is stored and transferred securely.

More information

If you want to know more about what information we store and share about you, speak to your YOT Officer or contact us.

If your questions are not answered, you can contact the Information Commissioner's Office.

If you would like access to your records, you need to complete a 'Request for Disclosure of Personal Data'. We cannot give you any information about other people on your file - for example victims, people who offended with you, your own family members.

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