Wednesday, 02 January 2019 16:12

ACPO Youth Gravity Matrix

The ACPO Youth Gravity Matrix is used by the Police to determine whether children should be considered for an out of court disposals. The matrix provides most offences with a score, which is calculated on the seriousness. The overall score can be impacted by aggravating and mitigating factors surrounding the incident.

The Children's Society have launched a campaign aimed at young people called "Big up the Bill". The campaign aims to highlight what young people percieve as good work done by the police. A report has been published for the campaign, in which young people share examples of police staff they met who had made a lasting positive impression, and a positive difference to their lives. Some examples included relationships built over time, but others were examples of one-off situations that were nevertheless very important. The full report is available on the Children's Socity webpage here.

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 10:38

Counter-Terrorism and Extremism

The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on certain bodies (“specified authorities” listed in Schedule 6 to the Act), in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This includes local authorities and Youth Offending Teams.

Counter-terrorism and extremism, which can result from individuals being radicalised are complex subjects and it is essential that all staff and volunteers working with young people and their families have some knowledge around the subject.  Below are the links to available guidance, training, and information about counter-terrorism, extremism and radicalisation on the Resource Hub and YJILS.


The following guidance is available on the Resource Hub:


YJILS has links to the following (please note you will need to log in to YJILS to access the resources) 


The following case study is available on the Resource Hub

Prevent Case Study – Havering YOS


Should you have any concerns or questions about Counter-Terrorism or Prevent you should initially make contact with your local authority Prevent Lead or the Prevent Lead from your local police service. 

County Lines Violence, Exploitation & Drug Supply 2017 briefing report, published by National Crime Agency provides a national overview on the threat of ‘county lines’ drug supply, violence and exploitation. The information assessed for this report was provided by 43 territorial forces across England & Wales (100%).


Published in Serious Youth Violence
Level:  2
Age: 11-16
Sex: n/a
Cost: none



Intended Outcomes:

  • To provide young people with knowledge of the law in relation to their internet use
  • To provide young people with the knowledge to keep themselves safe on line
  • To understand the consequences and impact of inappropriate internet behaviour   
  • To help young people understand the need for responsible choices when using the internet
  • To prevent young people from becoming victims or offenders on line




These are Interactive Classroom Lessons designed for 11 – 16 year olds in secondary school education settings and delivered by police officers. The lessons cover various aspects of on-line safety, specifically informing children of the need for care, restraint and responsibility when using the internet. The sessions, provide a menu of activities that can be chosen to fit time available, usually one hour slots, to form part of the Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum sessions.

The programme has been independently evaluated by the Young Foundation (link below);



What Makes it Work:

  • The police officers delivering the sessions have been trained in interactive teaching strategies which mean that they engage with the young people in the classroom. 
  • Delivered by a Police Officer means that they have credibility with the messages
  • The Police Officer is authentic and can give real examples of situations where offences have been committed and harm has been caused.
  • Supports schools in dealing with challenging social media issues
  • The officer deals with incidents and the young people therefore trust the information that the officer is giving.
  • The officer is often in and around school in their uniform and is trusted by young people.
  • This is a universally delivered programme and therefore reaches large numbers of young people



Implementing the Practice:

  • Liaison between Police Schools Officer and the Schools PHSE Coordinator to plan the lessons
  • Lessons can be delivered by Police Officers or suitably qualified facilitators. The facilitator could receive training from Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) in order to become a CEOP ambassador.
  • Consider group sizes as the lessons can be delivered either in a one to one setting or in a small to medium sized group setting.




Source Organisation:  Sussex Police
Name:  Caroline Adams
 01273 404864




Friday, 09 November 2018 13:53

Police Records: A Guide for Professionals

Just for Kids Law have created a new handbook, Police Records: A Guide for Professionals. The guide has been designed to support practitioners to understand the legal framework. 

This document covers the collection and keeping of records by the police, including the circumstances that will trigger a crime record being made and the time scales they are kept for. It also covers the process review and deletion of police records and the disclosure of records on Disclosure and Barring Service (“DBS”) Certificates. This document also covers the disclosure of information on “Police Certificates” issued for foreign travel and working abroad. It also includes guidance on the processes of challenging the keeping and sharing of police records.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:24

Prevent Case Study – Havering YOS

Summary: Case study from Havering YOS about a young person whose offence was Inciting Terrorism
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a



  • To share a way of working that has supported a young person with a terrorist related offence to receive the appropriate support and reduce the risk to the public



Attached below is a case study from Havering YOS, in regard to a young person whose offence was Inciting Terrorism. It show cases the importance of multi-agency, partnership working and the positive impact that it can have in reducing the risk of further terror related offences whilst also addressing young person’s learning needs.




YOT: Havering Youth Offending Service
Name: Matthew Knights

Published in Practice Examples
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:36

Prevent Tragedies

Prevent Tragedies is a UK police and partners initiative to help prevent people getting drawn into violent extremism and terrorism.

Friday, 20 October 2017 13:42

Street Aware Session

Age:  8-10
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a




  • Support young people to be aware of the impact of knife/weapons
  • Support young people to not become involved in knife/weapons awareness in the first instance through increasing knowledge



Street Aware is a programme targeted at young people to prevent them from becoming involved in knife or weapons offences. The programme was developed by Anna Power from Nottingham Education Partnership and delivered by Police Community Support Officers (PCSO), who are now seconded to the Nottingham City YOT. PCSOs are also able to deliver the programme as a 1:1 session, if required to do so, based on individual circumstances.

Street Aware is also delivered as a 1:1 session, by the YOT Targeted Youth Support staff, with young people who are referred to Early Intervention Team or to the YOT. It can also be used with young people with learning difficulties.



Implementing the Practice:

  • Staff need to familiarise themselves with the supporting documents as well as the session
  • The programme can either be delivered as a group or 1:1 intervention




YOT: Nottingham City Youth Offending Team
Name: Sonia Burton



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