Friday, 28 July 2017 08:33

Assessment Clinic – Sutton YOT

 Age:  10-17
 Sex:  n/a
 Cost:  n/a




  • To ensure that young people are seen within a few days from Court and to start the assessment process
  • Support young people to meet and become more familiar with the specialist workers and thus more agreeable to ongoing intervention/engagement




The Assessment Clinic, makes part of the standard process that all new young people are required to engage in if a Pre-Sentence Report is requested or if they have received a Youth Conditional Caution or a Referral Order. However, in cases where the young person is already known to the YOT but it is felt that there has been a significant change in circumstances, then a review assessment can be booked. Youth Cautions, Triage and Prevention cases are on occasions also referred to the Clinic where specific needs have been identified that may benefit from a specialist assessment.

The Education Worker, Speech and Language Therapist and School Nurse staff the Clinic (although the Parenting Worker and Referral Order Coordinator have also previously attended). The Speech and Language Therapist and Education Worker take 15-30 minutes to complete their assessments and the Nurse around 45 minutes. On average young people take around 1.5 hours to complete the three assessments. However it is essential that a balance is struck in regards to how many specialists/screening assessments the young person has to engage with and them becoming disengaged with the process. Young people are offered breaks and water in between the assessments and where further in-depth assessment or follow up support is required, further appointments will be scheduled.

The Assessment Clinic allows for specialist workers to meet young people and complete an assessment and consider any next steps, but it also means that the Case Manager can focus on interviewing and completing other screenings.



Implementing the Practice:

  • The young people are booked into the Clinic by the Court Duty Officer or if the young person was sentenced out of borough, the appointment is made by the allocated case manager.
  • The Court Duty Officer or case manager explains the purpose of the Clinic to the young person/parent.
  • In Sutton YOT the Clinic takes place on a Tuesday afternoon from 12pm-5pm.
  • Sutton YOT use a google spreadsheet that allows staff to book slots with relevant specialist workers.
  • To support the Clinic, various rooms across the YOT are block booked.
  • Each specialist worker is co-assigned the relevant section on AssetPlus and they complete that section within a week.
  • Sutton has found that there was a slightly better attendance rate when it was straight after court, particularly with parents, where an evening session could potentially increase parental attendance.




YOT: Sutton Youth Offending Team
Name: Angela Killalea


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Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:47

Case Management Guidance

The purpose of the Case Management Guidance is to provide Youth Offending Teams practical advise on how to work with children and young people in the Youth Justice System.  It contains infomation on what practitioners and managers need to do, implications of legislation and practical advise. 

The Guidance should be used in conjunction with the revised National Standards for Youth Justice Services.

Friday, 17 November 2017 14:32

Concordat on Children in Custody

The Concordat on Children in Custody, is a recognition of the importance of all agencies working together to ensure that legal duties are met in regards to children. A diverse group of agencies have contributed to this document, in recognition of the fact that a child’s journey from arrest to court is overseen by a variety of professionals with varying duties.

Friday, 29 September 2017 10:53

Fine Art or Science Report (2009)

Fine Art or Science report is a YJB study from 2009 around sentencing decisions involving young people aged 10 to 17. The report sheds light on some of the influences and reasoning that leads sentencers to choose between custody and community alternatives.

Thursday, 21 November 2019 15:11

Location Monitoring: Information for YOT

From 30 November 2019, Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS), will roll out location monitoring to youth offending teams (YOT) in London initially, followed by a national roll out in mid-2020.

Attached below is the guidance for YOTs around the conditions in which location monitoring should be used.

New offence of sexual communication with a child was introduced on the 3rd April 2017. You can click here for further information.

When a child or young person under 18 is remanded or sentenced to custody, the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) decides where they should be placed. This will be either at a secure training centre, secure children’s home or under-18 young offender institution (for young males only).

The placement decision is based on the information provided by YOTs. The YJB’s Placement Service will contact YOTs to make sure the needs, risks and circumstances of each young person has been taken into account.

For further infomation around the following please click here:

  • Notifying the YJB Placement Service
  • Questioning a placement decision
  • Requesting a review of a placement decision
  • Requesting a transfer or placement review
  • The Keppel Unit


Classification: Level 1
Age: 10 - 17
Sex: n/a
Cost: None



 Aimed at:

  • Designed primarily for young people attending youth court and includes parents and siblings placing it into a family context



Intended Outcomes:

  • Provision of support through early intervention to prevent further offending, reduce re –offending offering a multi-agency approach




In August 2014 members of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) held a "problem solve" with young people.The aim was to look at improving the service we offer to them.When a young person appears before the Youth Court, the court will deal with the offence committed and, if the young person is found guilty, will impose a sentence.

It may take some weeks for the sentence to be passed and in the interim Blackburn Youth Justice Service and HMCTS have set up a Problem Solving Approach for the young people and their parents coming to Blackburn Youth Court.

This problem solving scheme gives young people and their parents the chance to tackle the problems that may be affecting them by putting them in touch with the following organisations able to help them, who attend on a weekly basis -

  • Crime Reduction Initiatives
  • Local substance misuse project
  • Nightsafe (supporting accommodation needs)
  • Supporting Families Project (for unemployed, parents with children displaying anti-social behaviour, problems with school attendance and of course, displaying offending behaviour)
  • Fast 4wd Project (supports adults with alcohol or substance misuse problems)
  • Carers’ Service (for partners, parents, family members affected by another person’s addiction)
  • New Directions (supporting young people back into education,training or employment)

Our work has been featured in the Children and Young People Now publication in an article called Youth Courts- A Problem Solving Approach (May 2017) and our work recognised with a Youth Justice Award from the Children and Young People Now charity.  In 2017  Blackburn Magistrates’ Court won Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service National Award for Customer Service for the successful introduction and continued operation of the youth problem-solving court which has brought real improvements and help for youths attending the court.



What makes it work:

  • Early intervention with a multi-agency approach to provide young people and their family with support
  • Partnership working to ensure a coordinated and proactive approach
  • Various support options available to both young person and family including referrals covering training, education, learning disabilities, substance mis-use, debt counselling, mental health issues and advice and guidance on effective parenting
  • Quarterly reviews through the Court User Group and/or Youth Problem Solve Review Group which is made up of all stakeholders involved in the process
  • Young people are included in the process through regular feedback sessions and on-going consultation and a formal review process



Implementing the practice:

  • Discuss the idea and viability with local Court User Group involving all Court Users including young people to obtain the relevant buy in
  • Recruit a problem solving team of multi-agency providers and agree on the range of services and the level of support
  • Agree with the court the provisions which will be available on Youth Court days and cascade information to all relevant parties
  • Establish a quarterly review process for all stakeholders (court officials,YOTs,multi agency providers and young people)




YOT: Blackburn with Darwen Youth Justice Service
Name: Glenda Astley

Telephone: 01254 666648

Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:20

Race and the Criminal Justice System 2016

Race and the Criminal Justice System (2016) compiles statistics from data sources across the Criminal Justice System (CJS), to provide a combined perspective on the typical experiences of different ethnic groups.

The resettlement guide for practitioners was developed by a team of experienced staff including members of the Howard League for Penal Reform U R Boss participation team and legal team, in partnership with a legal consultant. The resettlement guide has been designed with practitioners in mind and takes them through resettlement law in seven practical steps.

1. Identifying the need for a resettlement package and when it is required
2. Public protection considerations: bail conditions, licence conditions and Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
3. What the child or young person wants and explaining the three legal alternatives for accommodation and support
4. Family or friends accommodation arrangements
5. Accommodation under the Children Act
6. Accommodation from the Housing Authority
7. Making it happen: Who has got to do what and by when, and what to do when things go wrong

Please note that U R Boss project has now come to an end, however the resource/report is still applicable.


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