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Friday, 17 November 2017 13:03

1-2-1 Mentoring

Age: 10-17
Sex:  N/A
Cost:  Yes



  • One to one mentoring to tackle the root causes of offending and reoffending
  • Engaging clients whose social exclusion, sense of powerlessness and sense of entitlement make them vulnerable to gang culture and criminal activity
  • Encourage positive lifestyle choices, by challenging and changing attitudes and values that contribute to entrenchment in a gang lifestyle



Spark2Life have developed an 8-10 weeks package of 1-hour sessions of holistic person-centered mentoring aimed at gang involved offenders and ex-offenders aimed at 13-18-year-old with complex needs.

Each mentoring relationship starts with an initial assessment which, looks at the individual’s needs, circumstances and motivations.

The package includes 6 main sessions -

  1. Gangs,
  2. Risk and Reward
  3. Managing Conflict
  4. React or Respond
  5. Triggers
  6. There’s more in you

The package of support can be tailored to fit the individual’s needs by supplementary mentoring sessions covering:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Paradigm shifting
  • Personality types, learning styles, strengths and weaknesses
  • Personal development and personal goals.
  • Relationships (parents, carer)
  • Friendship circles
  • Career aspirations
  • Education, training and Employment

Spark2life have been working with Barking and Dagenham YOT (since 2010)  Havering YOT (since 2012) Waltham Forest YOT(since 2012) and Newham YOT (2017)


Implementing the Practice:

The S2L AQA accredited mentors meets the client in a safe environment. An initial assessment will be made, and the mentor will focus on building a relationship and discovering what the young person’s skills and interests are.

Mentors use the Spark2life networks of employment, training and apprenticeship providers (which include City Gateway, Department for Work and Pensions, Crisis, Peabody, St Giles) in the following sectors - construction, electrical engineering, catering, sports and Leisure, the motor industry to name a few. to offer the young person the following opportunities

  • CV writing skills
  • Developing good interview techniques,
  • Support in applying for apprenticeships and jobs.

S2L provide YOT worker with detailed weekly case notes covering the 1-21 session content, aims and objectives,

S2L monitor each young person’s response to the session, staff member and engagement reporting back to YOT (via CJSM) with case notes

S2L meet with the YOT coordinator for a quarterly report on the 1-2-1 Mentoring contract



Source Organisation:  Spark2life
Name:  Melvyn Naidoo
Telephone:  0208 619 1355
E-mail:  melvyn@spark2life.co.uk 
Website:  www.spark2life.co.uk
YOT:  Havering Youth Offending Service
Name:  Matthew Knights
Telephone:  01708 433720 
E-mail:  matthew.knights@havering.gov.uk 

The Anna Freud National Centre for children and Families, holds information around trauma and the impact on children and young people.  Their website, also has a section for practitioners working with young people.


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, 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.

Friday, 01 July 2016 09:10

Break 4 Change

Age:  10-17
Sex:  n/a
Cost:  no


  • Reduce the level of violence and abuse by young people against their parents/carer
  • Reducing parental stress and anxiety, guilt and shame
  • Rebuilding family relationships - both parent to child and child to siblings
  • Improving family functionality by helping to build responsibility in children and parents



Break 4 Change is a programme for young people who are abusive or violent to their parents or carers. The programme uses Theoretical influences of Non Violent Resistance (NVR), Cycle of Change, domestic violence power and abuse dynamics, Solution Focus Intervention, as well as knowledge of parenting interventions.

Break 4 Change is run in partnership between Youth Offending Team (YOT), Targeted Youth Support (TYS), Youth Crime Prevention workers, and RISE domestic abuse specialists and the Integrated Team for Families (ITF)

Working with the families of young people it is designed to address the problems of Child/Adolescent to parent violence and abuse. It recognises the risks to the safety and well-being of young people, their parents and their families. It seeks to reduce the abusive behaviour of young people and help to re-build family relationships.

Support is offered on a half day basis regarding Child Parent abuse.

Implementing the practice:

Having a Youth Offending Service (YOS) offier who facilitates on Break 4 Change and the group running from here has the advantage of :

  • Being acessible to YOS colleagues, specialist workers and various teams based with us
  • Able to respond and advise on appropriate referrals to the Break 4 Change programme
  • Share information on upcoming Break 4 Change programmes and regularly promote and give feedback on the work we deliver on Break 4 Change


YOT/Other Organisation: Brighton & Hove Youth Offending Service/RISE
Name: Jane Griffiths
Telephone: 01273 691 031/0741 349 262


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Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:17

Cardiff Triage

Age: 10-17
Sex:  n/a
Cost:  yes




  • At the earliest opportunity to divert young people committing low level offences away from the Criminal Justice System into effective interventions to reduce re-offending
  • Further reduce youth crime through early identification of risk leading to a swift, appropriate and effective diversionary Restorative Justice response
  • Increase community confidence in the Criminal Justice System through greater involvement of victims and witnesses and restorative justice
  • To improve collaboration and decision making at the point of arrest resulting in interventions which are more targeted and proportionate
  • Identify risk and share relevant information across South Wales Police and Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Youth Offending Service (YOS) on more serious/ persistent young offenders so leading to more strategic partnership working and a more effective response to the needs of the young person




Cardiff Triage was developed in 2009 using Youth Crime Action Plan monies and was subsequently funded through the Welsh Government's Safer Communities Fund. The model was developed to provide a restorative disposal model for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan counties using the new central custody suite hub which opened in October 2009 in Cardiff Bay Police Station. The model was developed from examining best practice from the sixty-nine Triage schemes that were operating in England. Triage is now funded via the Community Safety Division Promoting Positive Engagement for Young People (at risk of offending) Grant. Eligible young people receive a holistic assessment looking at all aspects of their lives with the aim of informing a mutually agreed intervention plan between the worker and young person/ family. This intervention plan will include work with the Triage worker and is likely to include referrals to other specialist agencies for issues including self-harm, mental health issues and substance misuse. It also includes a restorative justice intervention with the young person aiming to make amends with the victim. For a general overall please see Triage


Implementing the Practice:

  • Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan YOS utilise Triage as their formal diversion programme. Media Academy Cardiff are commissioned out of Welsh Government Promoting Positive Engagement Regional Grant.
  • The utilisation of a third sector organisation brings additional benefits to young people; specifically that they do not identify themselves as being with the ‘YOT’ which assists with the overall ethos of Diversion




YOT: Vale of Glamorgan Youth Offending Service
Name: Mark Bishop
Telephone: 01446 745820
Email: MBishop@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
Source Organisation: Media Academy Cardiff
Name: Nick Corrigan/Sam Heatley
Telephone: 02920 667 668/02920 235 750 
Email: nick@mediaacademycardiff.org/sam@mediaacademycardiff.org

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Monday, 30 October 2017 11:25

Child Outcomes Research Consortium

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Their website has access to a collection of resources including research reports, toolkits and case studies, relevant to young people and mental health.

Published in Knowledge and Evidence

A NHS England nationwide transformation programme is underway to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people, this programme is called the Children and Young People Mental Health Transformation Programme. Within this programme there is a workstream improving the commissioning of services to meet the specific mental health needs of some children and young people who are considered especially at risk, high harm, high vulnerability - this workstream is called the ‘Health and Justice and Specialised Commissioning Children and Young People Mental Health Transformation Workstream’.

The workstream is derived from the Future in Mind Report and subsequent Five Year Forward View. There are three workstream projects:

Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for High Risk Young People with Complex Needs: (Community Forensic CAMHS). The national roll out of Community Forensic CAMHS to meet the needs of the complex cohort of children and young people who often don’t meet diagnostic criteria, including those deemed high concern.

Development of a Framework for Integrated Care (SECURE STAIRS): A system-wide psychologically-informed Framework of Integrated Care to be implemented across the whole of the children and young people secure estate.

Collaborative Commissioning Networks: Enhancing pathways and bridging the gaps that children and young pepole fall through when transitioning between health and justice commissioned services via Collaborative Commissioning Networks.

The Collaborative Commissioning Network project is now in the third year, and the attached Interim Report sets out the work that has been achieved to date, including key themes and emerging promising practice.


For further information on what is happening in your local area, please contact Sue.Sherrard@nhs.net or Michelle.Forrester2@nhs.net

Age: 12-18
Sex: n/a
Cost: none



  • To develop a user-friendly, concise and effective Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) for use in Lancashire, based on health domains identified in the national CHAT
  • To develop and implement a tool that can be used with a young person that allows a non-prescriptive, therapeutic health conversation/assessment to take place in the community Youth Offending Team (YOT)
  • To develop and implement a tool that allows for exploration, using professional judgement, of the young person's individual and diverse health issues and needs




There is increasing recognition of the crucial role of health within a young person's life, and the impact good health and well-being has on the life course outcomes of vulnerable young people who are known to Youth Offending Team services.


A standardised national Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) was introduced to ensure that health needs of all young people are identified and addressed.


A local Lancashire Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (Lancashire CHAT) has been developed based on the key themes, subjects and relevant health issues highlighted within the national CHAT, but also combined with the locally collated data and documented evidence of the health issues that affect this specific population of young people in Lancashire. It is a user-friendly, short document that can also be used as an aide-memoire during a therapeutic health conversation/ assessment with young people. It allows for exploration, using professional judgement, of the young person's individual health issues and diverse needs. The young person can lead the direction of the conversation and have a chance to voice their concerns in an effective way.


This has led to a standardised tool that also allows the health practitioner to take account of the diverse needs of each young person - this helps to ensure a more cost-effective, reliable and valid quality health-needs assessment.




YOT: Lancashire Youth Offending Team
Name: Julie Cross
Telephone: 01282 470851
Email: Julie.Cross@lancashire.gov.uk
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Monday, 04 July 2016 08:55

Emotional Literacy Support Training

Summary: Emotional Literacy Support Training is a 5 day training to enable staff to become Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (so that can support young people experiencing emerging mental health needs).
Age: 5-16
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a




  • To identify young people with emerging mental health needs and offer a preventative approach to addressing their needs
  • To re-frame and understand behaviours in terms of needs and vulnerabilities
  • To provide the young person with coping strategies to manage their current situation, promote self-efficacy and develop longer-term resilience
  • To reduce referrals through to specialist services in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services by offering early intervention
  • To maintain children and young people in Education, Training and Employment



Emotional Literacy Support Training is a 5 day training programme to enable staff working with children and young people experiencing emerging mental health needs and issues with emotional wellbeing to becomes Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA's).
ELSAs are trained to deliver individual and small group 6-12 week interventions to promote coping strategies. They cover a range of topics including self-esteem and resilience, emotional literacy, autism, therapeutic stories, early trauma and attachment, understanding anger, loss and bereavement, solution-focused conversations and circle of friends.
The ELSA course is delivered by practising Educational Psychologists who can then offer school-based supervision. Pre and post evaluations of the ELSA course show an increase in staff confidence and competence for working with children and young people with emerging mental health needs.
ELSAs develop relationships with the child or young person through weekly sessions but often also work hard to engage the parent(s).

Implementing the Practice:

  • Check with your local Educational Psychology Services as this training may already exist in your area
  • Participants must commit to all 5 days of the training course
  • Preserving and protecting time for the preventative aspect of the ELSA role (e.g. running groups) rather than falling back into reactive responses to children and young people who are in crisis
  • Facilitating ongoing group supervision to ensure ELSAs feel supported when they get ‘stuck’ and need some creative solutions for supporting a tricky case
  • Encouraging ELSAs to use a pre and post intervention measure to show progress, ensuring evidence of ‘making a difference’



Name: Angela Crossland
E-Mail: angela.crossland@york.gov.uk
01904 554565



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