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


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

Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery (Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities) sets out the steps that local authorities and staff running local multi-agency safeguarding arrangements should take to plan for the provision of support for looked-after children who are unaccompanied migrant children, and who may be victims, or potential victims, of modern slavery.

Friday, 24 June 2016 11:38

Child Sexual Exploitation: Advice for Staff

Child Sexual Exploitation: Advice for Staff is a pocket guide to provide practical information to staff to safeguard children and young people. Areas included cover:

  • What is Child Sexual Exploitation including signs and indicators
  • Where children and young people are likely to be targeted
  • Information sharing
  • What to do if you are concerned about a child or young person

Hard copies of the guide are available by contacting Lisa Cooper, Chair NHS England CSE Sub-Group (  

Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners is designed to support practitioners in their work with young people. The guide contains the definition of child sexual exploitation, potential vulnerabilities and indicators of abuse and appropriate action to take in response.

Children Missing Education, Statutory Guidance for local authorities sets out key principles to enable local authorities in England to implement their legal duty under section 436A of the Education Act 1996 to make arrangements to identify, as far as it is possible to do so, children missing education.


This guidance can be used as a non-statutory advice by:

  • School leaders, school staff and governing bodies in all maintained schools and academies, independent schools
  • Health professionals, Youth Offending Teams, and the police.


Please note that this guidance replaces the January 2015 version.

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, 30 November 2001 00:00

County Lines - Overview

County Lines, a drug distribution model typically involving an urban criminal gang travelling to smaller locations to sell heroin and crack cocaine, is a phenomenon that is impacting various areas in England and Wales. Various Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) have expressed that this issue is of concern, or is becoming a concern, in their local areas, and have requested support with accessing materials to aid with recognising, understanding and tackling County Line issues in their area.

To increase awareness of county lines for the management team, practitioners and volunteers working in YOTs and the Secure Estate some materials have been linked below:


Please also see County Lines - Islington for more details about how work to address County Lines is being implemented locally.

This page will also include further materials and examples as they become available.

Published in Serious Youth Violence
Summary: Template used by Islington YOS for sharing information and data concerning county lines between YOS, Police, Children Social Care and other key organisations
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  • To support the Service to have a better understanding of some of the young people attending the YOS, TYS and other services
  • To enable practitioners to work in a targeted manner with young people
  • Strategically for senior management to consider further partnerships, information sharing procedures.



Islington YOS have completed an analysis of the young people that are involved (either through being exploited or in a criminal capacity) in Country Lines. The purpose is to support the joint work of the YOS, Police, Children Social Care and other key organisations in working together to support the work being undertaken with those young people and the young people themselves. Currently Islington YOS are involved MOPAC’s forthcoming summit on County Lines which will hopefully further shape the thinking around this piece of work.


Implementing the practice:

  • Islington YOS gather the information from cross comparison of the YOS, Police, Community Safety and Targeted Youth Support service data
  • The information is analysed by the Integrated Gangs Team and shared to inform practice.
  • Once all the information is collected the attached template is used to show case the data and information to YOS staff, as well as Targeted Youth Support, IGT and Community Safety, the YOS and other services will use this data to inform assessments and interventions with young people.
  • Consideration will also be given to whether the young person is being exploited under the Modern Slavery legislation definition, and therefore prosecution should be lifted.



YOT: Islington Youth Offending Service
Name: Liz Westlund

Published in Serious Youth Violence
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. 

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  • 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

Published in Resources For Sharing
Monday, 07 August 2017 13:39

Drug Strategy 2017

The Drug Strategy 2017 sets out how the government and its partners, at local, national and international levels, will take new action to tackle drug misuse and the harms it causes.

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