Derby YOS have implemented Custody Scrutiny Panels in order to provide a robust system for individual cases, as well as cases of concern to be discussed and individual needs to be met. 

Age: 10-17
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  • To provide a clear robust system to ensure all children receiving a custodial sentence have equal access to resources to address assessed needs both whilst in the Custodial environment and throughout the community element of their Order.
  • To ensure that a clear resettlement plan is established within a maximum of one month of entering the custodial establishment.
  • Reduce reoffending rates of those children leaving custody and increase successful reintegration into the community.
  • Provide a platform for additional scrutiny for those children most at risk of custody and those children being released from custody.
  • Ensure effective intelligence and information sharing across the multi-agency setting.



The custody Scrutiny Panel in Derby City YOS is a multi-agency panel made up of specialist workers and stakeholders, with the core aim to give case managers the structure to discuss and present cases of concern and to ensure individual needs can be met.

Children can be referred to the panel via two strands:

  1. Resettlement: this is automatic - if they are in custody, the child will remain under the scrutiny of the Panel throughout their licence period.
  2. Risk of Custody: where the child is considered to be on the cusp of custody the panel will consider additionality to any current intervention plan.


For those children in strand one (resettlement), the panel is used to plan intervention programmes to meet individual needs. This starts in the custodial establishment following sentencing and will continue upon release for the duration of the community supervision element of the Order. The services dedicated resettlement officer plays a pivotal role in this process and offers a stringent package of support for at least the first three weeks following release. Please see attached Job Description for the Champion Role of Resettlement Officer, for further information.

For those children in strand two it provides a platform for case managers to review current intervention plans and consider any additional resources required, within a multi-professional panel framework.




YOT: Derby City Youth Offending Service
Name: Karen Chilton

The YJB has published the Data Recording Requirements for Youth Offending Teams in England and Wales 2019-2020. The YOT Data Recording Requirements document describes both how YOTs submit data to the YJB and detail around what is collected and how it is recorded.




Summary: The weapons intervention toolkit is aimed Those children that are thought to be vulnerable to exploitation and involvement in gang activity and use of weapons.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost:  n/a




  • Supporting children’s understanding of gangs and the associated risks.
  • Supporting children’s understanding of the dangers of carrying a weapon.
  • Support children to explore their emotions and the risks in their behaviour.




The weapons intervention toolkit is aimed at children who have been identified as vulnerable to gang activity and exposure to weapons. It is presented as a selection of individual activities that can be completed on a 1:1 basis or as part of a group work programme.

The intervention toolkit aims to help build resilience in children by facilitating their understanding of the risks involved, while letting them explore their own understanding of their emotions, behaviour and environments. It seeks to help them identify and realise the dangers that are posed by becoming involved in activity which could lead to them carrying or using a weapon.

The intervention toolkit has been developed with the full involvement of children and using research and evidence based practice.



Implementing the Practice:

  • The intervention toolkit has two levels based on maturity of the young person, yellow for young children and green for the older ones
  • The intervention toolkit should be used as written
  • Children should complete pre-and post-questionnaires, to help staff understand the journey taken for each individual child
  • There is one key manager, at Oxfordshire YOS (as well as other managers) that are able to deliver the training and train case managers to run the intervention toolkit
  • The data that is collected from the pre- and post-questionnaires is used in performance reports.




YOT:   Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service 
Name:  Jenny Bryan
Telephone: 01865816500
Mobile: 07785453272

Name: Elgan Owen




Organisation: Conwy & Denbighshire Youth Justice Service


Details of the role: Volunteering on a youth offender panel can allow you to: 

  • Help prevent further offending
  • Work with victims
  • Help protect the community
  • Help young people turn their lives around
  • Restorative justice

The panel meets with the young person and their parents/carers to talk about the reasons for the young person’s offending behaviour and to discuss a way forward. The victim is encouraged to attend the meeting to tell the young person how the crime affected them. Youth offender panel members agree a contract with the young person. This will include activities that repair the harm caused to the community by the young person’s crime. The panel is made up of 2 volunteers who are capable of representing the community, and one member of the local Youth Justice Service. There will also be a representative from the Youth Justice Service present.

It is essential that as a panel member volunteer you would be consistent and reliable. Good communication skills are essential and a non-judgemental approach to working with young people who have offended.
Panel meetings take place at the Conwy and Denbighshire Youth Justice Service offices, 74 Conwy Road, Colwyn Bay or at various other locations throughout the Conwy and Denbighshire counties, such as local libraries or community centres.

Volunteers will have access to regular support through the volunteer co-ordinator or the supervising officer. Volunteers will receive at least once yearly supervision sessions to enable discussion of training requirements and further development opportunities within the service.

Details of the application process: Applications can be made via the Volunteering Wales website or you can contact Elgan Owen Volunteer Coordinator on (01492) 523500 or

Any training required: Full training provided, including Panel Matters, Restorative Justice and Safeguarding training.

Details of training: Those who wish to volunteer as panel members will be required to attend the Panel Member training. This will explain how panels work and your role in the process, restorative justice (repairing the harm done) and agreeing a contract. Volunteers are able to claim reasonable out of pocket expenses, subject to production of receipts. Volunteers can also claim necessary travel expenses incurred.


Start and date: 01/05/2019

Youth Offending Team: Legislative References is a quick guide reference to all statutory duties of the Youth Offending Teams.


Summary: Procedure and process for resettlement in Camden YOS
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  • Procedure was revised to reflect some of the principles of ‘constructive resettlement’
  • Procedure aims to ensure that delivery is consistent



Attached is the ‘Procedure and Process for Resettlement in Camden YOS’, its underpinning principles come from the YJB Constructive Resettlement document that highlights evidence based approach to intervention.

This document has been revised to ensure that protocols around the resettlement of detained children are being managed effectively by Camden YOS and those services supporting the resettlement plan.

The model has been developed in partnership with Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust and therefore co-creation with health partners has ensured health commitment from point of inception. The model is strategically aligned to Camden's Youth Diversion Programme in Police custody suites and therefore they also have police commitment to the approach and foundations of constructive resettlement.

Work is currently underway with Young Offender Institution to implement the approach as well with the senior Independent Reviewing Officer in Camden to embed the model in Looked After Children reviews for remanded and longer-term LAC children.



Implementing the Practice:

  • The new Enhanced Constructive Resettlement Model was launched with the whole team at a two hour co-creation session.
  • The additional staff, that will be directly working with children in Youth Detention each week, complete further training around in relational and strengths based approaches such as Family Group Conferencing and Restorative Practices.
  • The Enhanced Constructive Resettlement Team will also have regular clinical psychology input and use group reflective supervision to ensure psychologically informed approaches to practice are fully implemented. These will include Trauma informed practice and work focused on repairing attachment to support the shift from pro-criminal to pro-social identity.
  • Ensure partnership work with Health, Police, and other key stakeholders when creating this to support buy in and then implementation.




YOT: Camden Youth Offending Service
Name: Michael O'Connor
Email: Michael.O'

The Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System, replace the National Standards (2013), effective from 1 April 2019. These standards define the minimum expectation for all agencies that provide statutory services to ensure good outcomes for children in the youth justice system.

Summary: The toolkit is aimed at those working directly with children identified as vulnerable to exploitation.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a



  • Supporting children’s understanding of gangs and the associated risks.
  • Supporting children’s understanding of exploitation, the different ways they could be exploited, and how to identify and avoid it.
  • Support the children exploring the risks in their behaviour.
  • Building effective relationships between practitioner and child.




The toolkit is aimed at those working directly with children identified as vulnerable to exploitation. It is presented as a selection of individual activities that can be completed on a 1:1 basis or as part of a group work programme.

The toolkit aims to help build resilience in children by facilitating their understanding of the risks involved exploitation, while letting them explore their own understanding of their behaviour and environments. It seeks to help them identify and realise the dangers that are posed by becoming involved in drug related activity.

Child drugs exploitation is one on the many elements of Child Criminal Exploitation which may also include, County lines involvement, child sexual exploitation and Modern slavery.

The toolkit has been developed with the full involvement of young people and in conjunction with the Police and Children’s social care.



Implementing the Practice:

  • This programme is used with any child who is considered at risk of being involved in drug or gang activity.
  • A specialist Substance Misuse and Exploitation team has been established and they have been trained in the use of the toolkit and deliver the sessions with the children.
  • The substance Misuses and Exploitation team has volunteers that they are able to use to support the work with the children.
  • The toolkit is used flexibly, based on the needs of the individual child.
  • Following each session, the children are able to provide feedback.
  • Laptops, pens and paper will be required for this programme.




YOT: Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service
Name: Jenny Bryan
Phone: 01865816500



National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS), which is part of NSPCC, is a national service which offers assessments and treatment of children and young people, up to the age of 21 who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour and provides consultation and training for those professionals working with them.

NCATS is also able to support professionals with more general queries around thinking through a case where children have exhibited harmful or problematic sexual behaviour.

Youth Justice Board (YJB) has put in place a ‘compliance testing process’ that all CMS providers have been invited to use. The purpose of such a process is to support Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in assessing whether a CMS product meets the YJB Data Transfer requirements (including AssetPlus Case Transfer, YOT Quarterly Returns and Secure Messaging (Connectivity)).

Attached below are two PDF documents;

  • ‘YOT CMS Compliance – Testing Service’ that contains an overview of the process that CMS providers are required to follow if they choose to engage in the process. 
  • ‘Testing of CMS Software – Update’ contains information regarding the current status of the CMS providers and whether they have engaged in the process and if they have where they are within the compliance testing – either ‘in progress’ or ‘successfully completed’.

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