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Bail supervision and support scheme

Information for young people and their carers

Who is this service for?

This service is for young people between the ages of 10 and 17 from the Borough of Hillingdon who appear in court and are at risk of being refused bail.

What happens at Court?

The prosecutor will tell your solicitor and the Bail Supervision and Support Scheme that they intend to object to bail.

The bail & remand officer and support co-ordinator will then meet with you and your parent or carer and ask you questions about your life and personal circumstances. On the basis of this discussion the co-ordinator will develop a programme that will be presented to the court as an alternative to remand in custody or local authority accommodation.

This programme will require you to attend the Bail Supervision and Support Scheme for appointments up to five times per week and participate in certain activities, for example:

  • Attendance at the careers office
  • Participation in activities at your local youth center
  • Attend appointments at school

These activities will be agreed with you prior to going into the court. You and your parent/carer will be asked to sign a 'contract' which sets out what will be expected of you and that you agree to participate fully. This contract will then be shown to the court.

It will be for the court to decide if the programme is acceptable and whether it thinks you will co-operate with it. If it accepts the programme it may request that progress reports are provided by the bail & remand officer and support co-ordinator at your later court hearings.

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What happens next?

If the court accepts the programme your first appointment will be on the following working day. You and your parent/carer will attend the Youth Offending Service Office at a time given to you at the court and a timetable of activities and appointments will be provided. You will also be given other information about the service for example the complaints process.

What happens if I miss an appointment?

If you know that you cannot make an appointment as arranged you must telephone the service 24 hours before. Last minute cancellations will not be accepted. If you miss one appointment without good reason you will be given a formal warning. If you miss two appointments for no good reason the police will be informed and you will be returned to court as soon as possible. The court will then reconsider your case and you may be placed in local authority accommodation or custody. If you are unable to attend an appointment due to sickness you must provide a medical certificate from your GP.

Contact details

If you need any further information about this service please contact:

Hillingdon Youth Offending Service 
Link 1A, Civic Centre, High Street,
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1UW
Tel: 01895 558203/556432

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