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Friday, 28 July 2017 08:33

Assessment Clinic – Sutton YOT

 Age:  10-17
 Sex:  n/a
 Cost:  n/a

 

 

Aim:

  • 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

 

 

Description:

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.

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Sutton Youth Offending Team
Name: Angela Killalea
Email: angela.killalea@sutton.gov.uk

   

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Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Asset Plus Materials - West Sussex YOT

Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: no

 

 Aims:

  • A specific OOCD screening/assessment tool and planning document, based on and using Asset Plus, aimed at being time effective but defensible, proportionate, evidenced and analytical. It aims to provide a consistency in practice and theory alongside Asset Plus, moving similarly through to assessed judgements and appropriate planning responses based on future risk, risk of serious harm and safety/wellbeing.
  • The screening tool uses the AssetPlus framework and terminology to enable better assessment in cases which have limited or no history with local youth justice services. The pathways and planning template allows for a more intuitive and user friendly intervention with the young person. 

 

 Description:

The resource consists of the screening/assessment tool and then two Pathways and Planning documents. These were developed for assessing any cases being referred by police for a potential First Caution. It’s also being used for any case recommended for diversion by YOS as a CR. For those that have had previous Cautions (unless significant timescales and agreed by line manager) we are using Asset Plus.

It is designed to follow the same rules as Asset Plus to allow consistency in case managers thinking and assessments. Also this is then helpful for utilising/transferring information if a young person was to reoffend and require a full Asset Plus. As with Asset Plus it is separated in to Information Gathering where the expectation is just information and no analysis, with case workers using the italic prompts as headings to ensure all areas are covered. This focuses on the young person first, then moves to the offending behaviour second.

Following this is the Explanations and Conclusions with analysis coming in paragraphs in the analysing past behaviour, future behaviour sections. As with Asset Plus the harm assessment needs to be focused down in to what the risk is then expanded on in regard to who, how, where, why and when. There are then sections to give ratings for the judgement areas (Safety and Wellbeing, LOR and ROSH) and bullet points for reasoning. There are also key sections which highlight the focus on foundations for change, and strengths, and also an analysis of desistance factors.

This leads, as with Asset Plus, to the planning in which there are two parts. The first Pathways and Planning section includes basic details and judgements such as ROSH etc, followed by Tailoring Interventions. There’s then sections for who the plan is shared with and other processes, as previously included in VMPs/RMPs and now Asset Plus. The second part is just for cases assessed as Medium or above, as a defensible response, and includes external controls and other actions taken by YOS. As with Asset Plus these refer to the 5 planning areas (Keeping Safe, Not hurting others, Not offending, Repairing Harm, Goals and Opportunities) which can be deleted as appropriate. Then it concludes with the contingencys/changing circumstances. The second part of the plan is the Young Person’s individual plan (YJB version), which is separate so it can be completed and shared with the young person, and which focuses on individual tasks such as sessions or areas the young person is directly involved in. It also covers the internal controls aspect of the plan, and family involvement.

All three get attached to the Intervention Screen on CVYJ, and all medium and above judgements are QAd and countersigned. Depending on the case, and information gathering, feedback has been 3 to 4 hours for full completion.

 

Contact:

Organisation:  West Sussex Youth Offending Service 
Name:  John Ashmore
Telephone:  07860261923
E-mail:  John.ashmore@westsussex.gov.uk 
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:56

AssetPlus Light Touch QA Tool

Age:

n/a

Sex:

n/a

Cost:

none

 

Aims:

  • To improve the quality of assessment and planning
  • To improve how safety and wellbeing factors are both identified and managed
  • To improve how risk (all domains) factors are both identified, assessed and managed
  • To improve and evidence effective management oversight

 

Description:

This is a tool for use by managers in the quality assurance of AssetPlus. It is designed to be a thorough and robust tool that is also manageable in terms of time constraints in the day to day business of a Youth Justice Service.

The tool is completed by the manager and can be used to provide feedback and coaching to staff in order to improve individual AssetPlus and ongoing practice.

 

 

Contact:

YOT:

Haringey Youth Justice Service

Name:

Simon Stone

Telephone:

0208 489 1557

E-mail:

simon.stone@haringey.gov.uk

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Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: none

 

 

Aims:

  • Align Referral Panel procedures with Assetplus information and planning

  • Ensure that panel members are given sufficient and concise information to agree a contract which is aligned with the My Intervention Plan

 

Description:

The report template uses AssetPlus framework references to capture information and analysis and present it to panel members, in a way that is easy to populate from AssetPlus using copy/paste. The provision of Key Areas of Intervention enables the panel and family to easily identify the priorities to be discussed and agreed in the contract. Care should be taken that these key areas of intervention are a list of ‘issues’ not a list of ‘solutions’ in order to avoid leading the panel.  

 

The contract document is designed to be easily understood by the service-user and carers, and to be compatible with inputting back into an AssetPlus ‘My Intervention Plan’.  

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Devon Youth Offending Team
Name: Matt Wilcox
Telephone: 01271 388150
Email: matt.wilcox@devon.gov.uk

 


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Friday, 17 February 2017 16:20

Buckinghamshire Quality Assurance Process

Age:

n/a

Sex:

n/a

Cost:

none

 

 

Aims:

  • To maintain and improve the quality of all aspects of the assessment, planning interventions and supervision (APIS) process.

 

 

Description:

This is the Buckinghamshire YOS Quality Assurance process (attached below), designed to provide management oversight of all aspects of practice from assessment to planning and delivery of interventions. It is designed to utilise a range of methods to quality assure and audit cases at both an Early Intervention and statutory level, taking a risk based approach.

 

 

Contact:

YOT:

Buckinghamshire Youth Offending Service

Name:

Becky Beer

Telephone:

01296 434624

E-mail:

rbeer@buckscc.gov.uk

 

 

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:35

Case Management QA Checklist

Age:

n/a

Sex:

n/a

Cost:

none

 

Aims:

  • To improve the quality of case management with a focus on assessment, planning, delivery and outcomes
  • To provide an effective tool for use in the quality assurance of case management that can then be collectively analysed for use in developing improvement plans
  • To improve and evidence effective management oversight

 

Description:

This is a tool for use by managers in the auditing of cases. Feedback can be provided to case managers in order to acknowledge good practice and identify areas for improvement.

The periodic analysis of completed audits can be undertaken in order to produce reports in relation to practice within a service.

 

Contact:

YOT:

Haringey Youth Justice Service

Name:

Simon Stone

Telephone:

0208 489 1557

E-mail:

simon.stone@haringey.gov.uk

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Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:51

Children and Young People`s Youth Justice Plan

Age:  10-18
Sex:  n/a
Cost:  no

Aims:

  • To enable young people to understand the various roles and functions within the YOS in a way which is meaningful and age appropriate
  • To enable young people to understand the strategic and operational targets of the youth offending service and how this relates to their experience of accessing youth justice services
  • To use a new and visual format, together with the use of avatars to ensure the document is appealing and accessible to children and young people
  • To provide a document which partner agencies can easily share with service uses which explains the work of the YOS in a format that is easily understandable by all

Description:

The Children and Young People`s Youth Justice Plan is a process for producing a version of the statutory Youth Justice Plan, aimed specifically at children, young people and families. The Plan incorporates avatar images which explain key roles and help the reader understand how the plan fits together with the key people involved in its delivery. The method should ensure greater understanding of the strategic and operational priorities of a YOS for the people it is intended to help.

The plans has been well received by young people and their families, but also by partner agencies who have found the plan helpful in understanding the strategic and operational priorities of the YOS.

 

Please find below examples from Doncaster Youth Offending Service and Sandwell Youth Offending Service.

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Doncaster Youth Offending Service
Name: Andy Hood
Telephone: 01302736100
E-Mail Andy.Hood@dcstrust.co.uk

 

YOT: Sandwell Youth Offending Service
Name: Michael Botham
Telephone: 0121 569 2201
E-Mail: Michael_Botham@sandwell.gov.uk
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Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: potentially

 

 

Cumbria Youth Offending Service created a Project Development Manager post (which was a seconded post from Jan 2015 to Jan 2016 and is now absorbed into the Service as ‘Lead Intervention Coordinator) to manage the implantation of accredited Unpaid Work and Junior Attendance Centre programmes within the Service. This was a decision taken by management in order to tackle YJB stipulation of accreditation, support young people to gain a qualification to support further education, training and employment as well as respond to a restructure of the Service. The monies, for the seconded post were allocated from the YOT’s annual budget.


Thus far, since January 2015 (to September 2017) 47 young people have completed and have received accreditation through National Open College Network Centre.

 

 Role of the Lead Intervention Co-Ordinator:
The role of the Project development Manager post was initially to establish the roles and responsibilities of the Intervention Teams and establish accreditations and create the specific sessions in order to achieve the accreditation (accreditations are made up of various ‘sessions’).

These Teams are now managed by a Lead Intervention Co-Ordinator who is also responsible for the development of further awards, managing the current awards, the management and day to day running of all three teams within the County and the main point of contact for the Awarding Body.

Initially, the Intervention Teams were created by taking the previous ISS Teams (made up of 3 staff) and changing the name and role. However due to a recent restructure the Teams were moved from the YOT and now sit within Cumbria’s Specialist Youth Service. The Team members received training around their new role. The work of the Intervention Teams is now divided into several core areas: 

  • Volunteers – recruitment, training, retention and general day to day management of panel members and mentors.
  • One Awards – session delivery, quarterly standardisation meetings, internal verification and curriculum development
  • JAC – weekly 1:1 sessions, YJB data returns and coordinating school holiday group sessions
  • Interventions – supervision of reparation, UPW and other activity requirements
  • Planning and Coordination and running ISS – ISS timetabling, monthly intervention planning, resourcing, planning and coordination of projects.
  • The Teams are now also taking referrals from the YOT, as well as Children’s Services, Early Help and from the Police Channel/Prevent Programme

 

 

Setting up Accreditations:
Initially the role of the Project Development Manager was to establish a working relation and support the Service to become a Centre. This was agreed and this means that young people are able to complete their accreditation and it can be moderated and accredited within a short period of time.


Every member of the Intervention Team holds a Level 3 AET Award in Education and Training (previously known as PTLLS). The Intervention Co-ordinations hold a Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice and the lead Intervention Co-ordinator holds the same qualification and a management one as well. This is a requirement from the Awarding Body. The reason that all Intervention staff are trained is because, although anyone can deliver the sessions that make up the accreditation, it can only be considered accredited if it is delivered by a trained member of staff and it goes through the formal process of verification.


To this end, the Cumbria Specialist Youth Service is a recognised National Open College Network Centre and recognised One Award Centre. The National Open College Network Centre and One Awards are the same organisation, however they offer different Qualifications and cannot be accessed from one centre to another. There is no additional cost to establish the other Centre.
What this means is that the Service is able to run accredited Programmes with young people. They are currently running the following:

  • Entry Level (and Entry Level 1) Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development, with young people completing their JAC or UPW element of their Order (through One Awards)
  • NOCN Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Looking After Yourself and Your Home (through NOCN)

 

 

Implementing the Practice: 

  • Once the secondment came to an end, the role became known as Lead Intervention Co-Ordinator and it is a permanent manager role in order to meet the business need
  • Intervention Team hold various levels of qualifications (provided by Centre) in order to be able to deliver and award accreditation
  • There is cost attached to running the YOS as a ‘Centre’, however this means that young people are able to access and complete Level 1 award or/and Entry Level Certificate
  • Although no data has yet been collected formally, however, compliance and engagement at both the JAC and UPW has improved considerably since being run by the Intervention Teams

 

 

Contact:

YOT:  Cumbria Specialist Youth Service
 Name:  Simon Day
 Email:  Simon.Day@cumbria.gov.uk


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Summary: Procedure and process for resettlement in Camden YOS
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

 

Aims:

  • Procedure was revised to reflect some of the principles of ‘constructive resettlement’
  • Procedure aims to ensure that delivery is consistent

 

 

Description:
Attached is the ‘Procedure and Process for Resettlement in Camden YOS’, its underpinning principles come from the YJB Constructive Resettlement document that highlights evidence based approach to intervention.

This document has been revised to ensure that protocols around the resettlement of detained children are being managed effectively by Camden YOS and those services supporting the resettlement plan.

The model has been developed in partnership with Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust and therefore co-creation with health partners has ensured health commitment from point of inception. The model is strategically aligned to Camden's Youth Diversion Programme in Police custody suites and therefore they also have police commitment to the approach and foundations of constructive resettlement.

Work is currently underway with Young Offender Institution to implement the approach as well with the senior Independent Reviewing Officer in Camden to embed the model in Looked After Children reviews for remanded and longer-term LAC children.

 

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • The new Enhanced Constructive Resettlement Model was launched with the whole team at a two hour co-creation session.
  • The additional staff, that will be directly working with children in Youth Detention each week, complete further training around in relational and strengths based approaches such as Family Group Conferencing and Restorative Practices.
  • The Enhanced Constructive Resettlement Team will also have regular clinical psychology input and use group reflective supervision to ensure psychologically informed approaches to practice are fully implemented. These will include Trauma informed practice and work focused on repairing attachment to support the shift from pro-criminal to pro-social identity.
  • Ensure partnership work with Health, Police, and other key stakeholders when creating this to support buy in and then implementation.

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Camden Youth Offending Service
Name: Michael O'Connor
Email: Michael.O'Connor@camden.gov.uk
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Summary: 

The framework outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Youth Offending Service, Children Social Care, Police, health and education in carrying out a multi-agency assessment for young people that display harmful sexual behaviour.

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

 

 

Aims:

  • To develop and maintain clear, consistent agreements and working practices relating to how professionals respond to confirmed incidents of harmful sexual behaviour by children or young people.
  • To provide a framework to assist professionals to conduct an initial assessment of children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour.

 

 

Description:
This policy and procedure document sets out the framework used by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to assess and intervene with children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour.

The document outlines the roles and responsibilities of the youth offending service, children’s social care, police, health and education in carrying out a multi-agency assessment.

 

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • All staff are provided with the attached policy and are required to familiarise themselves
  • All staff working with young people that have been convicted of a sexual harmful behaviour are AIMII trained
  • Attached policy is also relevant to young people that are on OOCD and have committed a sexually harmful behaviour type offence

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Tower Hamlets & City of London Youth Justice Service
Name: Melanie Benzie
Email: melanie.benzie@towerhamlets.gov.uk


 

 

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