Custody and COVID-19 – Working in a Trauma Informed Way - Nottinghamshire Youth Justice Service (February 2021)

Summary: Attached is Nottinghamshire YJS method of working in a trauma informed way with children in custody during COVID-19.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a




  • To assist staff in developing their knowledge and skills in creating a trauma informed environment when working with children and young people.



It has been recognised that a key part of taking a trauma-informed approach is developing relationships through Safety, Trust, Choice, Collaboration and Empowerment.
Psychology Informed Education sheets have been created by the Clinical Psychologist working with Nottinghamshire Youth Justice Service focussing on these topics and helping practitioners to take a trauma informed approach.

The attached PDF information sheet looks at the following key areas:

  • Potential impacts on wellbeing
  • Supporting children that have been detained
  • Talking about and planning for resettlement (with a Covid-19 flavour)
  • Typical responses to resettlement (based on research by Beyond Custody)

Please note that, you can find more information around Nottinghamshire Youth Justice Service trauma informed practice here. 



Implementing the practice:

  • The short informative sheet has been distributed to staff within Youth Justice and Children’s Social Care over several weeks.




Youth offending team: Nottinghamshire Youth Justice Service
Name: Nicola Suttenwood
Partner organisation NHS
Name: Samantha Clarke