COVID-19: Resources for youth justice

This section contains links and materials that may be useful for youth justice professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary: A variety of on-line resources for youth justice service practitioners, children and families/carers to increase awareness around social media and potential harm.     Aims: Support parents and children understand some of the potential dangers of social media and increase risk of exploitation from others.     Description: Essex Youth Offending Service has collated some key resources in relation…
Summary: A variety of links and attachments for youth justice service practitioners to use when working with children and their families/carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.     Aims: Support practitioners and managers to continue to work effectively with children through COVID-19.     Description: Essex Youth Offending Team has collated some ‘top tips’ that can be used to facilitate and…
Summary: Information for children around low mood and anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic, developed by Peterborough YOS and Cambridgeshire YOS.     Aim: Support children to start exploring what anxiety/low mood may look and feel like for them.     Description: During the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, seconded psychology staff at Peterborough created the following documents and guidance for…
 Summary: Link for parents around online safety from Thinkuknow.   While using technology can provide hours of education and important social opportunities for children and young people during this period, it can present risks. Thinkuknow have 4 top tips to help keep children safe.  From their website, parents can also access to home activity packs. Parents can also access on…
Summary: Links to various organisations that provide support and advice to parents/carers around violence from their child.   Due to restrictions around leaving the home, there are concerns around increase in child to parent/carer violence or potential for this behaviour to develop. Below are a number of services that can provide advice and help for parents/carers. Child or Adolescent to…
Summary: Links to guidance to support victims of modern slavery during COVID-19.     The Home Office have published the following guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of modern slavery. The guidance sets out what modern slavery is, how to recognise the indicators of modern slavery and how to refer suspected cases of modern slavery to the appropriate services. The…
Summary: Link to Human Trafficking Foundation, who have developed a specific COVID-19 area.      Human Trafficking Foundation have developed a COVID-19 specific section which includes access to information around national referral mechanism, working with children, domestic abuse, health, housing, immigration, mental health and online training. There are also links to temporary changes in guidance due to COVID-19 which may…
Summary:  Link to the Youth Work Support website which offers advice, guidance and tools relevant to children and practitioners during COVID-19.     Youth Work Support website is designed to bring together relevant advice, guidance, support and tools for youth workers, children and young people and organisations during COVID-19. The following areas may be of particular interest:Supporting young people through…
 Summary: Posters produced by NHS and YCS to promote social connection during lockdown and quarantine.   Youth Custody Service (YCS) and NHS have co-produced flyers to highlight the need for social contact even whilst 'social distancing': Physical Distancing Not Social Distancing - English Physical Distancing Not Social Distancing - Welsh Secure Stairs - Top Tips for Supporting Staff and Young…
Summary: Links to two guidances concerning keeping children safe on line, targeted at parents but also relevant for practitioners in supporting families.     Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Department for Education (DfE) and Home Office (HO) have co-produced the following guidance; Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online. The guidance outlines…
Summary: Calderdale Youth Service has developed a variety of virtual offers for children using What’s App video and other social media platforms, to continue to support and engage children during COVID-19.     Aim: Continue to support and engage children through COVID-19 through the use of virtual platforms.     Description: Calderdale Youth Service has developed a virtual offer for…
Summary:  Details of ‘letter box’ reparation programme which sees children completing letters etc. for those most vulnerable people in the local community.     Aim: Allow children to complete their reparation requirement during COVID-19 Support vulnerable adults that are most likely to feel isolated during COVID-19     Description:Prior to lockdown Sheffield and Rotherham YJS, in partnership with Remedi* agreed…
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