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: 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: Leeds YJS have created #LockDownChallenge as a way to engage children during COVID-19.     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 a hashtag lockdown challenge, which is…
Summary: Copy of Hillingdon YJS impact assessment to support initial recovery planning.     Aims: Support youth justice services 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…
Summary: Link to Uned Atal Trais (Violence Prevention Unit Wales).     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 preventing violence is employed. Available support services: Domestic…
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