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: Some examples of reparation tasks being undertaken by Bedfordshire YOS during COVID-19. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aims: support children to complete at least some of the reparation hours during COVID-19 safely.     Description:Attached below are five tasks that Bedfordshire youth offending service have created for the children. The tasks have been created in order…
Summary: Wrexham YJS Recovery plan that show cases the transition out of contingency arrangements.     Aims: To set out the local authorities plans to transition out of the contingency arrangements put in place during the COVID-19 restrictions.     Description:Attached is Wrexham Youth Justice Service plan, which has been created to show case how they will transition out of…
Summary: Link to guidance by Howard League for Penal Reform for defence lawyers around remanding children to custody specifically during COVID-19.     The Howard League for Penal Reform have published ending the detention of unsentenced children during the Covid-19 pandemic: A guide for practitioners. This guide provides legal and practical guidance for defence lawyers to resist applications to remand…
Summary: Lewisham YOS use Olga Phoenix self-care wheel to support managers and staff to consider the balance between life and work, especially during COVID-19.     Aims: To support staff to manage their own needs and retain a balance between work and personal life, especially at times of increased pressure.     Description: Lewisham Youth Offending Service, use Olga Phoenix…
Summary: Copy of Hillingdon YOT impact assessment to support initial recovery planning.     Aims: Support YOT’s to start considering the needs of the service users and the organisation through and post COVID-19.     Description: An integral process to recovering planning is completing an impact assessment which support and provide a clear picture of the operational position of current…
Summary: Link to Uned Atal Trais (Violence Prevention Unit Wales) who have a created a specific COVID-19 section.     The Wales Violence Prevention Unit (VPU) is a partnership of organisations who are working together to prevent all forms of violence across Wales. The VPU was established in 2019 thought Home Office funding. In Wales, a public health approach to…
Summary: Leeds YJS have created #LockDownChallenge as a way to engage children during COVID-19. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: limited     Aims: Continue to engage children and families during COVID-19.     Details:Leeds Youth Justice Service (YJS) makes contact with families and children via telephone to try and understand ways that will support and encourage engagement. They have created…
Summary: Attached is Wrexham and Ealing YOTs contingency plan for COVID-19.     Aims: To set out the local authorities plans to deliver youth justice services during the COVID-19 pandemic.     Description: Local Authorities have been asked by the YJB to submit contingency plans on how they will deliver youth justice services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attached plans belong…
Summary: Information regarding End of Custody Temporary Release guidance produced by the Youth Custody Service.     Youth Custody Service have developed specific guidance concerning End of Custody Temporary Release (ECTR), as a response to COVID-19 which is available to youth offending teams and the Secure Estate.  The purpose of the ECTR is to support the release of children in…
Summary:  Details of ‘letter box’ reparation programme which sees children completing letters etc. for those most vulnerable people in the local community. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: limited     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:Just prior to lockdown Sheffield and…
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. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aim: Continue to support and engage children through COVID-19 through the use of virtual platforms.     Description: Calderdale Youth Service…
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…
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