Custody and resettlement

The Youth Custody Service (YCS) is a specialist service within Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS), that works with the children that are given a custodial sentence or remanded into custody by a Court. For further information concerning custody please click here.

Unfortunately, children in custody often still experience poor outcomes upon release. Constructive Resettlement aims to support a child in developing a pro-social identity and their journey towards a positive future. Constructive Resettlement requires a combination of individualised personal support- recognising a child’s strengths and capacity for change- and individualised, tailored structural support.

Resettlement is not a single transition point but a process that begins the very minute a child enters custody. Every contact will contribute to supporting a child in their journey towards a pro-social identity, every comment or gesture, every interaction no matter how big or small.

This section provides resources to support a child’s identity shift both in terms of the necessary personal support and structural support, including advice on how to overcome some of the structural barriers that might stand in a child’s way. There is also information concerning Youth Custody Service and managing children in custody.

Please click here for case guidance management, section 7 which is in relation to custody and resettlement and here for National Standards.  Please note that National Standards describe the principles by which the youth justice system operates, and the end result required for children. Case Management Guidance gives the ‘how to’ underpinning National Standards; guidance on how to achieve these aims.

Summary: Attached is Clayfields House Assessment Pack, which is complete by all children on entry (and exit) to support identify their needs. Age: 12-18 Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Aims: The Clayfields House Assessment Pack (CHAP) is completed with all children on entry to Clayfields House, in order to support children themselves to identify areas of further support. The…
Summary: Attached are the slides and link to the recording of the YJB live session concerned with Responding to the pandemic through a Framework for Integrated Care (SECURE STAIRS) run by NHS and YCS.    Description: In November 2020, Martyn Jackson SECURE STAIRS Senior Project Manager for NHS England and NHS Improvement and Giles McCathie Directorate Psychologist for YCS run…
Summary Access to Clayfields SCH analytical tool to support measuring the effectiveness of interventions delivered to children. Age: 12-18 Sex: n/a Cost: Yes       Aims: To measure, through analysis, the effectiveness of interventions delivered with all children during their time at Clayfields secure children's home (SCH) To measure reoffending rates of all children leaving Clayfields To use data…
Summary: A Quick Guide to Universal Credit for Youth Justice Practitioners aims to support practitioners to navigate some of the complexities of universal credits for those children that are 16 and over.