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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:19

Panel Feedback Form – Doncaster YOS

Summary: Panel observation feedback for volunteers, developed by Doncaster YOS.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: none

 

 

Aim:

  • To ensure quality and consistent practice is delivered by YOS and Volunteers during Referral Order Panel Meetings
  • As a method of supporting and ensuring volunteer development

 

 

Description:
Doncaster Youth Offending Service have created and implemented a panel observation template. The template is based on signs of safety approach. The YOS staff, that sit in the panel meeting use the feedback form to record their observations during the panel meeting. the volunteer is provided, initially with the feedback after the panel for a general discussion, following which the observation is also used in the volunteer 1:1 supervision.

 

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • Doncaster YOS use the Panel Feedback Form on a needs basis with their volunteers
  • The feedback is provided straight away after the panel meeting, but it is also used during 1:1 supervision sessions (which occur every 3-4 months)
  • The Panel Feedback Form is discussed in details and it is used as a basis to look at positive practice and work through any areas of improvement
  • The Panel Feedback Form is used to support volunteer development and is used alongside regular training and information sessions.

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Doncaster Youth Offending Service
Name: Emma Ackroyd
Email: Emma.Ackroyd@dcstrust.co.uk

 

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Friday, 23 March 2018 13:34

Referral Order Contract (Bristol YOT)

Summary: Example of a Referral Order Contract from Bristol Youth Offending Team.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

Aim:

  • Ensure that young people and their parents/carers are able to access the contract

 

 

Description:
Attached is a copy of the updated contract that Bristol YOT have created. During the panel the contract is created with the young person and written up using the young person’s words.

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • The contract is written up at the time of the panel and signed
  • The young people and their parents/carers receive a copy
  • The CPM also receive a copy (which is kept on site)
  • The number of sessions/hours is not agreed for interventions, due to the complex needs of young people, to ensure that they are provided an opportunity to succeed
  • The number of hours is agreed for the reparation programme

 

Contact:

YOT: Bristol Youth Offending Team
Name: Rachel Davies
Email: rachel.davies@bristol.gcsx.gov.uk
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Monday, 26 March 2018 11:08

Referral Order Contract (Southwark YOS)

Summary: Example of a Referral Order Contract from Southwark Youth Offending Service
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

Aims:

  • Ensure that young people and their parents/carers are able to access the contract

 

 

Description:
Attached is a copy of the updated contract that Southwark YOT have created. The contract has the following sections, which should be used to support structured communication that is both appropriate and relevant to the panel:

  • Restorative Justice
  • Future goals 
  • Other (any other relevant infomation)
  • Leisure and self development
  • Health
  • Diversity
  • Education, training and employment
  • Family and friends
  • Avoid offending

 

During the panel, the contract is created with the young person and written up using the young person’s words. This is then used as the intervention plan.

 

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • The contract is written up at the time of the panel and signed
  • The young people and their parents/carers receive a copy
  • The CPM also receive a copy (which is kept on site)

 

Contact:

YOT: Southwark Youth Offending Service
Name: Deirdre Leask
Email: Deirdre.Leask@SOUTHWARK.GOV.UK


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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:00

Referral Order Guidance (2018)

The Referral Order Guidance has been revised and is active as of Monday 8th October 2018. There is also a slide pack for Youth Offending Teams to support training and embedding the revised guidance in practice (attached below).

Summary: Community Panel Member training and Panels with young people who have committed sexual harmful behaviour type offences as practiced in Bristol Youth Offending Team.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

Aims:

  • Support Community Panel Members
  • Ensure high quality of work from Community Panel Members

 

Description:

In order to ensure that young people that have committed sexual harmful behaviour type offences are supported appropriately through the Referral Order process, the Restorative Justice Co-ordinator offers all those CPM with at least one year experience the opportunity to complete specific training.

Those CPM receive specialist training from Bristol YOT in partnership with Be Safe. Be Safe is a multi-agency partnership service working with children and young people with problematic/harmful sexual behaviour in Bristol. Be Safe offers holistic assessment and therapeutic intervention services informed by strength based, systemic, cognitive behavioural therapy, resolutions, relapse prevention and attachment based approaches.

The Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, is also able to offer emotional support; including phone calls, emails, one to ones, home visits if CPM have had distressing panel meeting.

Please note that the Bristol YOT and Be Safe training is currently undergoing a review and we are unable to share the outline/content.

 

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • Invitation to train to deliver panels where there has been SHB is open to all CPM that have completed at least one year and are experienced.
  • All young people that have committed an offence SHB offence, will be required to undergo an AIM2 assessment and will be required to complete GMAP intervention programme

 

Contact:

YOT: Bristol Youth Offending Team
Name: Rachel Davies
Email: rachel.davies@bristol.gcsx.gov.uk
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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 18:39

Wave Project

Summary: Dorset Combined Youth Offending Services refer young people to a national surfing charity to support with improving their mental health issues, social deprivation, family breakdown or social exclusion due to a disability, being a carer or being bullied.
Classification: Level 1
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

 

Aims:

  • To support a wide range of vulnerable young people (including those from a Black and Minority Ethnic background, and those with Special Educational Needs and Learning Disabilities) to develop a pro social skill (surfing), in order to promote positive relationships and social engagement.
  • To improve the health and mood of young people by reducing anxiety, and increasing confidence, motivation and resilience.
  • To distract the young person from negative influences and engaging in anti-social behaviour and substance abuse.

 

 

Description:

The Wave Project is a national charity that teaches surfing to vulnerable young people. These comprise young people who face mental health issues; social deprivation and family breakdown; or social exclusion due to a disability, being a ‘carer’ or being bullied. It takes referrals from a wide range of organisations. Dorset Combined Youth Offending Services (DCYOS) refers young people who, were offered a range of physical activities during the referral order process, and chose surfing.

The project provides all necessary equipment; transportation to surf sites; qualified surf coaches and life guards; and volunteers. A member of DCYOS attends each session with the young person(s) under their supervision.

Young People are mentored on a one to one basis through a pro social model. Self-esteem and confidence is built along with learning new skills and following rules and boundaries.   

The course runs for two hours a week during the weekend for six weeks. On completion the young person can graduate to surf club which enables them to continue to build and consolidate established friendships and relationships.

Wave Project operates from local surf schools and has groups in Brighton, Cornwall, Isle of Wight, Dorset, North and South Devon, Scarborough, Wales and Scotland.

 

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • Young people are referred to the Wave Project through the internal referral process of DCYOS. 
  • The DCYOS staff who attend these sessions are already trained in safeguarding, epilepsy and autism and have experience working with learning disabilities.
  • DCYOS staff provide the wave project coordinator with risk assessments on each young person.

 

 

Contact:

YOT: Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service
Name: Julie Mackay
Telephone: 01202 453970
E-mail: Julie.Mackay@Bournemouth.gov.uk
Published in Practice Examples
Friday, 06 July 2018 13:02

Wholistic Mentoring

Summary:  Wholistic Mentoring is a training package designed by Spark2Life for those wanting to become mentors to young people
Classification:  Level 1
Age:  13-18
Sex:  N/A
Cost:  None

 

Aims:

  • This training course focuses on the holistic development of mentors to support young people (YP) aged 13-18
  • The training provides mentors with the skills and abilities to engage with mentees to address offending and reduce reoffending
  • The training qualifies mentors to practice a person-centered mentoring approach, specifically tailored to the mentees needs

 

Description:

Wholistic Mentoring, is a training package, provided by Spark2Life, designed for those who wish to become mentors. 

The training course consists of eight 2-3 hours sessions run over 8 weeks. Seven of those sessions are AQA accredited, please see AQA Link  for further information.

The purpose of the course is to support potential mentors to understand the purpose, potential and power of Holistic person-centered mentoring, as well as their own personality and learning style and how this impacts on their life and their mentoring practice.  The mentors are supported to uncover their strengths and weaknesses and how to succeed through self-discovery. 

Barking and Dagenham Youth Offending Team have commissioned Spark2Life to engage young people who are deemed to be in need of person-centered mentoring. One of the core outcomes of this interaction is to engage and support the young person into education, training or employment (ETE).

 

Implementing the practice:

  • Spark2Life provide us with their Wholistically trained mentors who work in partnership with our caseworkers
  • We identify the YP in need of high level mentoring and the caseworker will refer the YP to a S2L wholistic mentor who works with the YP
  • The end goal is to engage with the YP and get them into ETE and Spark2life and the caseworker work closely together to achieve this. Post successful engagement, mentoring and life redirection the caseworker and mentor will decide whether the YP has shown enough progress to close the case

 

Contact:

Source organisation: Spark2Life
Name: Melvyn Naidoo
Telephone: 07961539266
E-mail: melvyn@spark2life.co.uk 
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Summary: Information regarding Community Panel Member (CPM) recruitment, training and policies as practiced in Bristol Youth Offending Team. There is also a version of a CPM contract, within the attachments.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

 

Aims:

  • Support Community Panel Members
  • Ensure high quality of work from Community Panel Members

 

 

Description:

Following positive recruitment of potential Community Panel Members (CPM), they are provided with four days training, which, along with the core training (such as running panels etc.) include the following topics:

  • Trauma recovery model
  • Attachment theory
  • Empathy
  • Over representation of BAME young people and young people (including Lammy Review)
  • Learning and communication difficulties

furthermore, the CPM are provided with presentations from:

  • The Bristol YOT Speech and Language Therapist
  • Existing Panel Member to talk about role
  • Representative from Off The Record (which is a free and confidential mental health support and information for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol), including young people who use the service

Implementing the Practice:

  • Recruitment takes place once a year and is facilitated by the Restorative Justice Co-ordinator
  • CPM are expected to attend an initial interview (including DBS discloser and be able to provide two references), complete the 4-day training, following which they are expected to complete two live panel observations
  • Training package is updated on a needs basis by the Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, material and speakers may vary according to any relevant changes in knowledge, legislation and research
  • Once CPM are successful, they are expected to attend at least three bi-monthly Panel Member Support Group meetings per year
    The Support Group is from 6pm to 8pm in the evening with an hour of relevant training and an hours meeting around business as usual activities

 

Contact:

YOT: Bristol Youth Offending Team
Name: Rachel Davies
Email: rachel.davies@bristol.gcsx.gov.uk
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Summary: Information regarding a leaflet and feedback form that is provided to all victims, at Bristol Youth Offending Team, that provides an overview of the restorative justice options that may be available to them.
Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a

 

Aims:

  • Encourage victim participation

 

Description:

Bristol YOT have created a leaflet and a feedback form that is provided to all victims that provides an overview of the restorative justice options that may be available to them.

Victims are contacted by letter (which includes the below attached leaflet and information about restorative justice options) following the Order being made at Court (this is sent out by the business support officer). Within 10 working days this is followed up by a telephone call with an offer of a home visit from the YOT Victim Officer and the Victim Support worker from Victim Support.

Bristol YOT have made a decision to only invite victims to the Initial Panel meetings if they are the parents/carers and encourage them to bring a supporter and ensure young person has a supporter. The motivation for this, is due to the initial panel meeting containing lots of information about the young person’s life.

Any other victims that want to meet the young people face to face, are offered a separate RA face to face meeting.

 

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • The YOT Victim officer is provided with the victim details by the Police
  • All victims are contacted by the YOT Victim officer by telephone
  • In cases where a home visit is agreed the YOT Victim officer attends the visit with Victim Support worker from Victim Support
  • The YOT Victim officer feedbacks to the young person’s case manager some of the impact that the offence has had and this information can be used to inform victim awareness seasons with the young person (with prior agreement from the victim/s), or it could result in a restorative approach being undertaken
  • Bristol YOT have a Service Level agreement with Victim Support, which supports the positive working relationship

 

Contact:

YOT: Bristol Youth Offending Team
Name: Rachel Davies
Email: rachel.davies@bristol.gcsx.gov.uk
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