What is REBOOT?

REBOOT is a five stage early intervention youth programme in Sussex. It launched on 1st April 2019 forming a unique partnership across different sectors working collaboratively to reduce the risks of young people being either the victim or suspect of serious violence in the future. 

The concept is to engage with young people (10-17 years old) at early ‘teachable’ moments, before they become entrenched in crime and violence. The programme is a non-criminal pathway which takes a strengths-based approach to focus on the positive aspects of young people’s lives as opposed to the negatives.

This is achieved through staged interventions building skills and resilience in young people and giving them access to role models and tailored support; all to reduce the risk of them being drawn into a life of criminality.


At every stage, those working with the young person and their family look to fulfil the objective of the programme which is to reduce the risk of young people becoming a victim or suspect of serious violence.

Stage one

The first intervention is conducted by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who will attend the home address of the young person. They explain the programme and why the young person was referred, then endeavour to establish a relationship with them and the wider family so as to identify and support them in accessing diversionary activities.

Stage two

At the second stage consideration is given to referral in to the youth coaching service managed by YMCA DLG, and to a vulnerability screening and assessment provided by Sussex Liaison and Diversion.

Stage three

At the third stage, consideration is given to drafting an Acceptable Behaviour Contract which introduces prohibitions and positive requirements in the form of an informal plan created to remove the young person from identified risk factors.

Stage four

The fourth stage brings in the Youth Offending Service who will conduct an assessment in order to understand what has led to the young person getting into trouble and the risk they pose to themselves or others. Part of their role is to engage the young person in education, training or employment and to offer support to parents.

Stage five

If the young person continues to be at risk they would move to stage 5 of the programme and a multi-agency panel meeting will be held to decide on the most appropriate piece of legislation to manage the young person away from the identified risks.