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Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: for ASDAN




  • Support young people to understand what 'Restorative Justice' means
  • Support young people to understand that there are different restorative solutions to making amends
  • For young people, to be able to take part in a restorative process and make amends



Lincolnshire Secure Unit (Secure Children’s Home), is a restorative unit where the focus is to resolve conflict within the unit restoratively and support young people to make amends for the harm caused.

It was recognised that some conflict will arise in the unit and it was felt that a restorative process is the most appropriate means to achieve resolution. It was felt that young people could also gain an accreditation for some of the work that would be taking place anyway. The award allows young people to achieve a recognised and accredited qualification and evidences that they have been able to take responsibility for their actions and repair some of the harm caused to others. The programme is used as part of the restorative process and preparing young people for meaningful restorative approaches, ensuring they understand what it involves. The programme has been moderated by one of the ASDAN assessors and published on the ASDAN Lifeskills Challenges website.


The programme has three core learning outcomes:

  1. Learning Outcome One: helps young people to understand what 'restorative justice' means. Young people are asked what they think it means and who could use it.
  2. Learning Outcome Two: asks young people to discuss five different ways that someone can make amends for causing harm to others and three examples of scenarios where a restorative approach may be appropriate.
  3. Learning Outcome Three: involves taking part in a restorative process and thinking about their feelings before, during and after, who was affected by their behaviour and what outcome was agreed to by all parties.


The programme is generally run in one or two sessions, after which the restorative meeting or chosen approach takes place, after which another meeting takes place to complete learning outcome three.  The programme is generally run on a 1:1 basis.



Implementing the Practice:

  • Staff that run the sessions must be trained in Restorative approaches
  • Young people are referred to the programme by their case manager
  • Staff have to be familiar with the programme, they do not need to have received specific training to run this programme




Establishment: Lincolnshire Secure Unit
Name: Lucy Creedon
Email: lucy.creedon@lincolnshire.gov.uk


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The AssetPlus Joint Working Protocol underpins the information sharing process by providing a framework of responsibilities and timeframes for updating and sharing AssetPlus stages between YOTs, secure establishments and the YCS Placements Team.

Any queries from secure estate colleagues should be directed to your establishment’s YJB Business Change Advisor (please contact your management team for BCA’s contact details), whereas any YOT queries should be directed to the existing AssetPlus in-box assessment@yjb.gsi.gov.uk.


Please note that the Protocol was amended and the changes uploaded on Monday 14th May 2018.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:26

AssetPlus Secure Estate Quality Assurance Tool

Attached below are three versions of the AssetPlus Secure Estate Quality Assurance (SEQuA) Tool. The first attachment is the full version of the tool, the second attachment is the version to support Secure Estate managers at the Entering into Custody stage and the third attachment is to support Secure Estate managers at the Review stage.


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Friday, 16 September 2016 09:58

Aycliffe CSE Innovation Project Evaluation Report

The Department for Education has published, The Aycliffe CSE Innovation ProjectThe evaluation report is concerned about sexual exploitation and the difficulties of keeping exploited young people safe in the community, which has resulted in more referrals of sexually exploited young women to secure accommodation.

The central question being tested by the pilot was: can secure accommodation provide a therapeutic environment, engage sexually exploited young people with appropriate therapeutic support and support their transitions into a safer life in the community? 

Friday, 11 January 2019 11:40

Banking for Children in or Leaving Custody

The Information Hub, run by the charity Unlock have published the following articles ‘Identification (ID) for opening a bank account’ and ‘Opening a basic bank account before release’, which are targeted self-help information for children over the age of 16 years. The articles address some of the challenges faced by children in the custodial establishments and on release when applying for a bank account.

If a child is struggling to get the appropriate identification whilst in custody there is a special form that has been created by the Ministry of Justice – National Offender Management Service called ‘Identity (ID) for Bank Account Applications for all prisoners’ (PSI 44/2011). This can be completed by a member of the Prison Service and signed by the Governor. It has been agreed by all of the banks through the British Bankers Association and the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group that this form can be accepted as the only form of ID when opening a basic bank account.

After six years of research and influencing work, the Beyond Youth Custody partnership closed at the end of May 2018.  They created a final newsletter, which contains more information on the programme closure and recent updates.  Beyond Youth Custody have also created a legacy video designed for practitioners, policymakers, researchers and service providers on the Beyond Youth Custody framework for effective resettlement. 

Please note that the website will exist until May 2019, after which Nacro will host the content.

Friday, 22 July 2016 15:28

Brain Injury Linkworker Service Report

The Brain Injury Linkworker Service Report provides a comprehensive overview of the Disabilities Trust Foundation’s specialist brain injury Linkworker service and its achievements in supporting young people (15-18), young adults (18-21) and adults (21+) in custodial establishments with brain injury.

If you would like any further information around the work that the trust does please click here.


SB came from Southwark and prior to coming in to custody in May 2015 had been accepted on to a football apprenticeship which was due to start in July 2015. Unfortunately he wasn’t released until April 2016. As well as gathering prior educational information from previous learning providers, MIAP, PIF and E-Asset we have created a simple information template (attached below) that the Youth Offending Team complete with the most up to date educational history on the young person.


During his initial interview and assessment with an Engagement & Resettlement Worker he expressed his interest and goal would be to continue with his football apprenticeship. However, in view of his sentence he needed an Individual Learning Plan for his time in education at Cookham Wood. He expressed interests in Media & Drama as well as football.


During his time at Cookham Wood he was on the Prison Radio pathway and achieved NCFE Level 1 & 2 in Radio Production & Creative Media Production Group Project Level 1 as well as other qualifications.


Engagement & Resettlement Workers attended his Sentence Planning Review Meetings and gave regular updates on his educational progress to his YOT Worker and Employment and Training Officer in the community as well as others. The Engagement & Resettlement Worker supported him in education during his stay in Cookham Wood through regular meetings and creation of monthly reports.


He was also on the Youth Council that is facilitated by Kinetic Youth. The Youth Council is an opportunity for the young people in Cookham Wood to have an involvement in the decision making processes within the establishment. They are supported to run the Youth Council meetings, to bring forward issues not just from within the Youth Council membership but from within the wider population of Cookham Wood. They then constructively bring forward these issues to a meeting attended by the Heads of Departments and Governors. Youth Council members are asked to feedback to the other young people, explaining why and how decisions are reached.


He became eligible for Release on Temporary Licence and the Community Engagement Manager located an appropriate placement with a local charity that ran a recording studio and could accommodate SB to work towards a Trinity College Arts Award. He also produced a relaxation/wellbeing CD in his class and a local charity called Harmony Therapy Trust were interested in using it.


Towards the end of his sentence the Community Engagement Manager and ROTL Team identified a traineeship placement with Millwall F.C. and he attended, being released on Temporary Licence. He went to Millwall Stadium 1 day a week apart from 1 week when he went twice. He was there for 9am and finished at 4pm. In total he went 6 times and upon release took up the traineeship full time.


He also engaged with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) offending Behaviour Programme, delivered by The Liminality Group and The PYE Project, whilst in custody and showed a significant change in his thinking and behaviour, remaining on the Enhanced IEP level throughout the programme. The young person commented that the programme helped him to think about his actions and the impact that his offending had had upon the community, victim and his family.


MVP provided further support upon release from custody, meeting the young person in the community for a meal in order to re-enforce the messages and learning from the programme.


The Engagement & Resettlement Team carry out 1 month, 3 month and 6 month ETE progress checks on all Young People leaving custody. Unfortunately the traineeship did not work out due to his accommodation placement breaking down.


For any enquiries please contact EngagementResettlement.CookhamWood@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Published in Custody and Community
Friday, 03 February 2017 16:04

Clayfields House Outcomes Data Booklet

Age: 12-18
Sex: n/a
Cost: yes





  • To measure, through analysis, the effectiveness of interventions delivered with all young people during their time at Clayfields
  • To gage young people’s honest thoughts and feelings about their time at Clayfields
  • To measure reoffending rates of all young people leaving Clayfields
  • To use data analysis to help inform future work
  • To create an increasingly effective and valid process and analysis




The Outcomes Data Booklet is an in-house analysis tool created to measure the effectiveness of interventions delivered to young people during their time at Clayfields. It is directly linked to our in-house Assessment Packs that young people are asked to complete at the beginning and end of their journey with us. It has been created over the past year and is still open to amendment and development as both the team and the needs of the young people change.


The purpose of the booklet is to keep all centre wide staff aware of our most up to date re-offending rates, analyse the effectiveness of interventions being delivered and look at future work planning. It contains all outcome data on both YJB and Welfare young people which has been collected directly from them through the Assessment Packs. YOT teams and Social Care teams are utilised to gain information on residents that have left us in order to gain the data for our re-offending figures and welfare leavers.


The information in the booklet is used to help inform staff of areas of work that are successful, areas that need further research and design, or areas that need further improvement. By updating the Outcomes Data Booklet every three months, we can make sure that we try to keep on top of improvement areas quickly. The analysis can be broken down into minute detail and cross referenced in whatever format best suits, it also means that we can explore particularly why something has or has not been successful from various angles.



Implementing the Practice:

  • The Outcomes Data Booklet is updated and produced every three months and discussed in depth at our Business SMT meetings. It is produced by the Intervention Team as this is the team that has responsibility for the data collection with the young people directly. A display of the information is then kept up to date in the non-secure area for all staff to see.
  • The validity of the data itself is dependent on two things. The young people engaging with the Assessment Packs honestly before they leave Clayfields, and YOTs/Social Care providing us with information on young people that have returned to the community.





Secure Establishment: Clayfields Secure Childrens Home
Name: Lucy Evans 
Telephone: 0115 9170010 
Email: Lucy.Evans@nottscc.gov.uk 


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Thursday, 04 April 2019 09:58

Custody Scrutiny Panel – Derby City YOS



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




  • 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
Email: karen.chilton@derby.gov.uk 

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