The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has produced the attached report ‘Improving Parental Engagement’ on the experiences of parents of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children in the youth justice system.

Agencies are encouraged to consider this document as an assurance tool to better understand the needs of parents with BAME children in the system. The report includes suggestions for Youth Offending Teams on what might work in better engaging and supporting parents of BAME children.

If you would like to give feedback on this guidance, please email Maria Atanasoaei and title your email ‘Parental Engagement – Feedback’.

The YJB has published the Data Recording Requirements for Youth Offending Teams in England and Wales 2020-2021. 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.


For queries or feedback on any aspect of the Data Recording Requirements, please email



The attached, ‘Briefing: Interim Review of Implementation and Delivery of AssetPlus: Findings from Sector Feedback’ is concerned with describing the process of implementation of AssetPlus across the country ‘go live’ and 18 months to two years later.


YJB has also published the two following reports in regard to AssetPlus:

  • Process evaluation of AssetPlus (undertaken by RAND Europe), which explores the experiences and perceptions of AssetPlus of practitioners in the youth justice sector.
  • AssetPlus process evaluation (Nov 2019), which is includes the YJB response to the AssetPlus process evaluation report and recommendations.

Support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England is a report by the National Audit Office assessing how well pupils with SEND are being supported in schools. They examined:

  • The system for supporting pupils with SEND and the outcomes it is achieving.
  • Funding, spending and financial sustainability.
  • The quality of support and experiences of pupils and parents.
Summary:     Leicester City YOS have developed the attached policy to provide direction and guidance to staff in effective resettlement practice.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: None




The purpose of this policy is to provide direction and guidance to staff in effective resettlement practice in line with relevant research recommendations.




This policy is underpinned by the concept of resettlement as a journey for the child, rather than a single transitional event. It states that practice should be informed by the following four key principles below and the 7 Pathways of Resettlement (see attached Resettlement policy):

  • A continued focus on resettlement throughout a sentence.
  • Early preparation for release.
  • Effective communication between institution and community agencies.
  • A co-ordinated holistic response involving multi-agency partnerships.



Implementing the Practice:

  • Ensuring all YOS staff and partners involved in resettlement are aware of and follow the policy
  • Analysing all research related to resettlement


Contact Details: Carol Hughes
YOT/YOS: Leicester City YOS

School Attendance: Guidance for Schools (2019) is guidance produced by the Department for Education (DFE) for use by;

  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • All school staff
  • Local authorities
  • Providers of alternative provision (for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)

It can also be a useful tool for parents and carers, as it provides information about interventions to address pupils’ poor attendance and behaviour at school.

SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years is the statutory code concerning special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years of age.

It explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

The code, which applies to England, is for:

  • Headteachers and principals
  • Governing bodies
  • School and college staff
  • Special educational needs (SEN) coordinators
  • Early education providers
  • Local authorities
  • Health and social services staff

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is the process that is used to record and refer potential victims of modern/human trafficking. The purpose of the NRM is to support evidence gathering process so that a child (or adult) can be referred for specialised support.

Please click here for the home office referral and assessment forms (for children and adults)

The Children’s Society have created two documents to support staff with the NRM process Guidelines for writing a referral to the NRM and reconsideration when referrals have been rejected NRM reconsideration template.

Summary:  Sheffield YJS has a partnership with the Roundabout charity, specifically to support children coming out of custody.
Age: 16-25
Sex: n/a
Cost: yes



Sheffield Youth Justice Service have a strong partnership working partnership with a housing charity – Roundabout, which has been built over the last 16 years. Roundabout is able to provide rolling single unit accommodation, which supports to reduce associated risks with shared living, to 11 children at any one time and if they are not able to support an individual child they will take the lead in creating partnerships with organisations that can support said child.

Roundabout accommodation worker completes a further assessment specific to accommodation and support needs, on the basis of the case managers assessment. The assessment also helps to identify any relevant skills, strengths and achievements.

Following the assessment, a support plan is developed, with the child, family and other professionals which aims to support the child. The support plan can include anything from basic skills such as budgeting or life skills or more complex areas such as substance misuse or mental health.
The cost of the contract with Roundabout represents a significant saving in comparison to other placement types available to young people in Sheffield particularly those coming out of custody.

Please see attached 'overall model' document for further details on the partnership work.



Implementing the Practice:

  • The commissioning arrangements are undertaken through a competitive tender process and the whole contract is managed by the Strategic Contract and Access to   Resources Team (SCART) who are based in the Children’s Services part of the Sheffield City Councils People Services Portfolio.
  • Sheffield YJS have regular reviews with SCART and Roundabout in order to ensure that Roundabout is providing the Service in accordance with the contract.
  • Case managers use an internal referral form to refer the child to the housing officer.
  • The accommodation worker is based full time at Service.




YOT: Sheffield Youth Justice Service
Name: Andy Stirling
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