Summary:  Sandwell YOS work in partnership with First Cass Legacy to run monthly meetings for parents whose children attend the YOS.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: yes

 

 

Aims:

  • To create a supportive space for parents to share experiences and learn from each other
  • To reduce isolation in parents who have children open to the YOS
  • To create a bridge between parents and the YOS for better working relationships
  • To deliver awareness raising sessions to parents about key topics they felt they needed help with
  • To use as a forum for involving parents in decisions about YOS service delivery

 

 

Description:
Sandwell YOS had been struggling to know how to best engage with some parents, who were mistrustful of the YOS and felt forgotten, and judged. To aid in considering a way of engaging parents, the YOS spoke to a variety of parents who expressed a sense of isolation and described struggling with their child’s behaviour but not knowing what to do about this.

To support parents, Sandwell YOS partnered up with First Cass Legacy to run a ’ being set up for YOS parents. The concept behind the talks is a safe and relaxed space where parents are able to worth through the isolation and stress via shared experience with other parents who are going through the same things.

The parents that attend are supported to share their personal experience and learning with each other and ask for information from professionals around the Youth Justice System, if required.
Parents are encouraged to engage in group discussions around set topics, aimed at supporting them with their children and some of the more difficult and challenging elements of their behaviour. In addition, the talks have started to bridge the gap between the YOS and the parents so that they have felt included, listened to and heard. This has meant that Sandwell YOS has had the opportunity to consider and amend practice and the systems within the YOS to best suit the needs of the parents and their children. This has also meant that a feedback loop has been established between the YOS and parents and vice versa.

Through the kitchen table talks, Sandwell YOS and First Class Legacy have co-created with parents a video that can be shared and used with other parents concerning some of the signs to look for in children involved in criminal activity.

 

Implementing the practice:

  • The YOS delivers the kitchen table talk session for parents once per month, together with their partner First Class Legacy.
  • At present the funding for this project comes from the PCC.
  • Regarding referrals, practitioners discuss the forum with parents/carers of the children they are working with. Providing they consent to contact, First Class Legacy then follow up and give more information.
  • Sessions are based around what the parents want to talk about and what they are willing to share with each other. There is usually a loose structure supplied by either First Class Legacy or the YOS to stimulate discussion but the emphasis is on peer support and being led by those present.
  • YOS staff attend in small numbers to build relationships, and external agencies may sometimes use the forum to answer particular questions or talk to parents directly.
  • The meetings are held in community spaces, and in particular a dessert bar – the parents appreciate the relaxed nature of this and often feel it is a rare moment of something indulgent for them.

 

 

Contact Details:

YOT: Sandwell YOS
Name: Michael Botham
Email: michael_botham@sandwellchildrenstrust.org
Partner Organisation: First Class Legacy
Email: Info@fclegacy.co.uk
Summary:

Sheffield council wide response to working effectively with children and families from the Roma Slovak community

Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

Since 2006, Sheffield City Council saw an increase in migration from the Roma Slovak community, which over the last few years has increased. It was recognised that services in Sheffield City Council where underequipped to work effectively with those children and families. This prompted key partners to come together and consider most appropriate services for those children and families.

 

Please find attached the following documents, that highlight a positive way of working with the Roma community in Sheffield and may aid thinking in adapting ways of working with other marginalised communities.

 

  • Sheffield Youth Justice Service and Other Key Partner Response to Working with Roma Children and their Families.
  • Sheffield Community Knowledge Profile of Roma Community.
  • Roma in Sheffield: Mapping Services and Local Priorities (South Yorkshire Roma Project).

 

 

Contact:

Youth Offending Team: Sheffield Youth Justice Service
Name: Clare Gibson
Email: clare.gibson@sheffield.gov.uk

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.

Summary: Harrow YOT in collaboration with Prospects (Harrow Youth Stop careers service) delivered a multi-agency conference aimed at increasing awareness of positive impact of education for children.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: none

 

 

Aim:

  • Increase knowledge and partnership work with educational establishments and other key stakeholders
  • Build new partnerships

 

 

Description:
Harrow YOT, in collaboration with Prospects (Harrow Youth Stop careers service) delivered a one-day multi agency conference for professionals working with children in the borough. The purpose of the conference, was to support partnership work and increase knowledge and increase awareness of the importance of education and motivation for children, especially in supporting long lasting positive changes and desistance.

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • Harrow YOT identified need for better communication with education establishments, especially around risk
  • Prospects identified the value of supporting young people to raise career aspirations
  • The conference content was put together following YOT/career discussions around some of the knowledge gaps they had identified over time as a team
  • The conference was run in a council room, and therefore there was no cost attached

 

 

Contact:

Youth Offending Team:  Harrow YOT
Name: Ryan Simon
Email: Ryan.Simon@harrow.gov.uk
Summary: The Skill Mill is a Social Enterprise that provides paid jobs and training to children from Youth Offending Teams.
Age: 16 -18
Sex: n/a
Cost: yes

 

 

Aims:

  • Support those children that have been assessed as elevated risk to desist from further offending
  • Support those children to gain employability skills in order to support successful transition into the labour market

 

 

Description:

Skill Mill is a not for profit social enterprise, that supports children into temporary paid employment opportunities (for six months) to encourage and as part of a whole child approach through breaking the cycle of engagement in pro-criminal actions. The children are provided an opportunity, through Skill Mill to contribute to their local community and start making positive changes to their identity.

 

The children are supported to participate in horticultural and land maintenance projects and receive formal training, job search support and an employment reference to improve their self-esteem, confidence and career prospects

The Skill Mill is a Social Enterprise established by Newcastle Youth Offending Team during 2013 and launched February 2014. The programme is being replicated across England in the following YOTS: Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Durham and Scarborough.

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • The start-up costs are approximately £50,000, this reduces (pro-rata) as paid contracts are secured.
  • This programme is only available to children that are required to attend the YOT

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Newcastle Youth Offending Team
Name: David Parks
Email: david.parks@newcastle.gov.uk
Source Organisation: Skill Mill
Email: info@theskillmill.org

Summary: Stoke YOT volunteer recruitment and reward process.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

 

Aim:

  • Increase recruitment and retention of Community Panel Member volunteers

 

 

Description:
Stoke YOT have created a leaflet (attached) that is used in the recruitment of new volunteers. The leaflet is advertised via Stoke website, twitter and Facebook and also handed out during leaflet drop reparation sessions around the city. Furthermore, at the pre-panel meeting, which includes a panel member, parent/carer and the child along with the Referral Order Coordinator, where the role of the panel members is discussed, a leaflet is also available to parents and carers explaining the recruitment of volunteers

This has meant that Stoke YOT have been able to recruit their volunteers from a variety of circumstances and experiences including family members of children that have had previous contact with the YOT as well as a reverend who the YOT had contact with through one of their reparation programmes.


Volunteers must complete Panel Matters training, following which they are expected to attend five initial panels, after which they are presented with a certificate of attendance. Once the volunteers have completed the training and five panels, they are then able to access further City council training. Furthermore, volunteers are invited to attend and participate in the YOTs ‘service developments days’, which take place quarterly.


In order to support the volunteers, increase motivation and build positive relationships, Stoke YOT have implemented the following:

  • Panel forums, which are run by the Referral Order Coordinator three times a year.
  • Regular one to one supervision with each volunteer (template attached).
  • Referral Order Coordinator sends out birthday and Christmas cards (where applicable and appropriate) to the volunteers.
  • Regular newsletter is emailed to the volunteers that includes information concerning service performance such as number of referralorders successfully completed and any early revocations.
  • Stoke YOT arranges and pays for an annual meal for the volunteers as a way to thank them for their work and contribution.

 

 

Contact Details:

Youth Offending Team: Stoke YOT
Name: Debbie Morrey
Email: Debbie.Morrey@Stoke.gov.uk

Holes in the wall is a website that offers knowledge and information for practitioners (as well as parents/carers) regarding child to parent violence and abuse. There are a variety of free resources that can be accessed.

In April 2019, the Home Office published the Child Exploitation Disruption Toolkit: Disruption Tactics, which is aimed at front line staff to support their work around safeguarding children from sexual and criminal exploitation.
The toolkit is split into six areas:

  • Abduction and trafficking
  • Behaviour
  • Sexual offences
  • Location
  • Victim care
  • Other options

In addition to the six areas, the disruption toolkit includes best practice guidance in three areas:

  • Information sharing and multi-agency working
  • Intelligence and evidence
  • Further links

 

Summary:

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
Age: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

 

Aims:

  • 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.

 

Description:

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.

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Derby City Youth Offending Service
Name: Karen Chilton
Email: karen.chilton@derby.gov.uk 

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.

 

 

 

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