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Monday, 04 July 2016 10:05

First Base

Age: 16-18
Sex: n/a
Cost: no



  • Young people between the age of 16-18 in need of housing and support services to prevent homelessness and reoffending



First Base has created the Joint Working Procedure and Protocol which seeks to prevent homelessness of young people leaving custody or on community orders. The Joint Working Procedure and Protocol strives for early identification of those at risk of homelessness, it explains the process of joint working arrangements and how organisations cooperate when identifying and assessing young people’s housing and support needs.

The procedure provides a clear explanation of relevant legislation and where responsibilities lie between organisations. The procedure ensures that services work together to identify the risks and needs of the young person and build a package of support with an agreed plan. This involves supporting the young person and their family to return home safely or looking at alternative accommodation options with a support package to meet their needs.



YOT:  Royal GreenwichYouth Offending Service
Name:  Kim Davis
Telephone:  0208 921 6450


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The Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities. The purpose is to support local housing authorities to ensure that they are able to exercise their functions relating to homelessness and prevention of homelessness.

Please note that this code replaces and consolidates the previous version published in 2006 and the supplementary guidance issued in August 2009, November 2012 and November 2014.  

Friday, 28 September 2018 08:55

Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, puts a duty on organisations (including youth offending teams (YOTs) and the youth custodial estate) to refer young people they consider may be homeless or threatened with becoming homeless.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has created these factsheets to support practitioners.

Shelter has created a short policy briefing for professionals which may also be of interest.

Below is attached an example of guidance that has been created by Birmingham local housing authority to support YOTs work their way around the legislation. It has also created a number of short briefing sessions that include:

  • understanding the requirements of the duty
  • how to identify and deal with clients triggering the duty
  • how to make these referrals where required - which have been delivered to Birmingham City Council staff.


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
Email: andy.stirling@sheffield.gov.uk
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Monday, 10 September 2018 10:20

LifeSkills - Independent Living Skills Intervention

Summary:  LifeSkills is a one to one intervention programme developed by Cumbria Specialist Youth Service, to support young people with gaining independent living skills.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a




  • To support and equip young people with the skills and knowledge to live independently
  • Support young people to gain an Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Looking After Yourself and Your Home (QCF)


LifeSkills is a one to one intervention programme designed to support young people with gaining independent living skills. The programme supports young people to learn about how to manage their tenancy by looking at potential risks factors, help them to identify organisations/agencies who can offer support if and when they need it, and support integration in their community. Young people are also supported to learn how to prepare drinks, simple meals and basic food hygiene.

Throughout the programme young people create a booklet of useful information to continue to support themselves in independent living.  The programme was developed by Cumbria Specialist Youth Service (CYOS) in partnership with Cumbria Youth Offending Service*.  In order for young people to access the accreditation CSYS work in partnership with the National Open College Network.



Implementing the Practice:

  • CSYST completed training, following which they have been granted Open College Network /One Award Centre status so that they are able to provide the award for young people
  • Cumbria Specialist Youth Service YOS case managers and Targeted Youth Support are able to refer young people on the programme
  • Young people that are on a Youth Rehabilitation Order or have a Junior Attendance requirement are able to access this programme
  • The Programme requires minimal resources, mainly internet access and stationery
  • The programme is delivered on a one to one with each young person
  • Young people are supported to gather the evidence necessary to achieve the qualification
  • It costs £20 per young person to be put through for the award, this is paid by CSYS, who get their funding for this through the YJB grant

*The County has three teams each consisting of one Specialist Youth Coordinators (Internal Verifier) and two Specialist Youth Workers (Assessors) these Teams were created to deliver Accredited Programmes of Interventions to Young People that are clients of the YOS, Targeted Youth Support (TYS) and Cumbria’s Early Help Service.


Contact Details:

YOT: Cumbria Specialist Youth Service (CYOS)
Name: Simon Day
Email: Simon.day@cumbria.gov.uk


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Thursday, 02 June 2016 13:08

Moving On Project

Age: 16-21
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a



  • The project aims to offer co-ordinated accommodation, support and opportunities for young people.



The Moving On project provides single occupancy accommodation for young people aged 16-21. The accommodation is provided for anything between 3 months and 2 years and is open to young offenders, care leavers, substance misuse users and vulnerable adolescents. The project now has 11 properties and our accommodation team provides daily support to all the young people. The Project provides a safe and secure place to live. Northumberland Youth Offending Service is part of Targeted Adolescent Services (TAS) which provides a management structure for services working with vulnerable adolescents. Other services within TAS include 16+, SORTED (substance misuse team) positive futures, ETE, health and accommodation teams. The Moving On project provides a case management model and this ensures young people receive ‘wrap around’ support for TAS to address various issues in their lives.

The supporting materials included provide an overview of factors to consider if you would like to develop a similar project. This has a focus on devising a project using rented accommodation. The costing’s only meant as an initial guide for others.

The resource also includes ‘an example of an ‘occupancy agreement’ which would enable an organisation to manage young people in a project and an example of a ‘management agreement’ which would enable an organisation to pursue rented properties. These examples are not definitive documents. They are suitable for Northumberland County Council circumstances but may not be for others. They are documents on the basis of a light touch approach to the relationships between the landlord and the council and the council and the occupant. They have not been tested yet by a court or indeed by another lawyer. They are however a starting point for others considering what they may need to successfully implement a similar project.


YOT: Northumberland Youth Offending Service
Name: John Lathaen
Email: john.lathaen@northumberland.gcsx.gov.uk
Telephone: 01670 852225



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Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 Year Old Young People Who May be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation guidance sets out the respective duties of children’s services and housing services to secure or provide accommodation for 16 and 17 year old children who are homeless or in need of accommodation.

Please note that this replaces the guidance that was issued in April 2010.

Thursday, 05 July 2018 14:12

Youth Justice Accommodation Pathway Tool

St Basils have created the Youth Justice Accommodation Pathway (YJAP) tool. YJAP is intended to be a practical tool that local authorities, criminal justice agencies and other partners can use to plan accommodation and support services for young people aged 16 – 25 who have been involved with the criminal justice system.

This tool was developed in collaboration between St Basils and other agencies that work with young people that have offended, and is further informed by young people who have experienced homelessness.