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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 Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) was developed by the prevention charity Mentor UK as a platform for sharing information and resources aimed at schools and practitioners working in drug and alcohol prevention. There is evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools.

Published in Training Documents
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 16:32

Braking Bad: Where’s the Harm in Drug Debt?

Age:  16-19
Sex:  n/a
Cost:  None



Aimed at:  

  • Young people aged 14 - 19.  It is a tool for professionals involved in the Youth Justice System working with young people to explore some of the risks around drug supply, exploitation and related vulnerabilities.




Intended Outcomes:

  • To engage young people in looking at some of the risks around drug debt and supply
  • To raise awareness and highlight risks inherent in drug debt and supply for young people




A group of young people from Oxfordshire Youth Justice Service created the website to support other young people to increase their knowledge and understanding around drug dealing and exploitation.   The website can be used by practitioners to support 1:1 or group work with young people who are involved in drug supply or at risk of becoming involved:  http://www.brakingbad.co.uk




What Makes it Work?

  • Support practitioners to engage with young people through a multi-media and interactive approach
  • Empowering - this educational tool is produced with young people and for young people
  • Free to access



Implementing the Practice:

  • Click on the ‘TIPS’ (lightbulb) button at the top, right of the home screen.  Some suggestions for working with the website are included in this section.  For example, the ‘Verity’ character illustrates risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and ‘Mad S’ illustrates risk of drug debt and offending behaviour
  • Practitioners should take the time to familiarise themselves with the website and the content before running sessions with young people  
  • Can support sessions on a 1:1 basis or with a group or classroom based 
  • Can be flexible depending on content and which characters are discussed 
  • Use the website to raise awareness and start conversations on difficult subject matters for example, risk of becoming involved in drug supply and risk from exploitation, grooming and other forms of abuse.  




YOT: Oxfordshire Youth Justice Service
Name:  Tim Parkhouse
Telephone: 07748 180209
Email: Tim.Parkhouse@Oxfordshire.gov.uk 
Published in Practice Examples
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

Published in Practice Examples
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:59

Deal or No Deal

Age: 14-18
Sex: n/a
Cost: None



Aimed at:

  • The programme is intended for young people between the ages of 14 – 18, who have been convicted of possession with intent to supply (PWITS).



Intended Outcomes:

  • To reduce the likelihood of re-offending by helping young people to understand the range of consequences of drug dealing in the longer term and presenting education, training and employment as a viable alternative.
  • To highlight the dangers of drug dealing in regards to the risk to the young person and their family.




Deal or No Deal is a 1:1 programme based on one hour a week session for six weeks that looks to tackle the issues surrounding drug dealing at street level.

Each session, looks at different parts of drug dealing. Primarily it focus on; the effects of young people’s actions and the impact on others.   




What Makes it Work:

  • It is a 1:1 programme specifically targeted at young people that are selling drugs.
  • Programme focuses on the risk factors associated with dealing drugs for the young person and relevant others.
  • Programme reinforces positive messages regarding engagement with employment, education and training with an emphasises on the negative aspects around the reality of drug dealing



Implementing the Practice:

  • Practitioners should already have skills in delivering 1:1 sessions with young people.
  • Programme should be targeted to young people that are involved in drug dealing, therefore knowledge of offending history is required.
  • Sessions should be run in a quite safe and secure location.
  • Access to a computer in order to watch some of the clips and access online resources  




YOT: Hillingdon Youth Offending Service
Name: Daniel Welsh
Telephone: 01895 277 959
Email: dwelsh@hillingdon.gov.uk 
Published in Practice Examples
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.

Classification: Level 2
Age: 12-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: none


  • The Resettlement Support Panels Scheme core aim is to coordinate multi-agency support for the resettlement of young people through addressing substance misuse, accommodation problems, mental health and education issues.
  • The Resettlement Support Panel also seeks to support young people around family and peer mediation; appropriate use of leisure time; developing life skills; raising confidence and self-esteem; and finally making positive decision.


In July 2009 six Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in Wales participated in a pilot to expand effective resettlement provision for young people aged 12-17 who were either leaving custody or were at risk of entering custody. The Resettlement Support Panel Scheme aims to support young people as they are preparing to leave custody to ensure that they are supported to not re-offend.
The YOTs involved in the pilot were: Bridgend; Merthyr Tydfil; Wrexham; Blaenau Gwent / Caerphilly; Gwynedd / Ynys Mon; and Conwy / Denbighshire.



Source Organisation: YJB Cymru
Contact: Lynzi Jarman
Telephone: 01792 478367



Friday, 17 November 2017 17:01

Group Mentoring

Age: 10-17
Sex:  N/A
Cost  Yes



  • Encourage team building and facilitate peer to peer mentoring in a controlled space. 
  • Challenging a value system supporting a crime and gang culture
  • Encouraging positive lifestyle choices
  • Promote strength and benefits of living in a diverse culture



Spark2Life’s (S2L) approach is based on meaningful mentoring - building trust with the group, promoting a team culture across the group, creating a safe and secure environment and good aftercare and support to mentees.

Spark2life have been working with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) Youth Offending Team (YOT) since 2010 and have worked with several other YOT’s in other London Boroughs.

Key features of the Mentoring Programme –

  • S2L staff have been trained through our holistic mentoring Programme and specifically on identifying the personality type and learning styles of themselves and their mentees
  • We have worked in a group mentoring format (maximum 10 people to a group) on a weekly basis with approximately 140 young people aged between 13-18 who were on Intensive Supervision Surveillance (SS)
  • Our one hour interactive sessions cover a range of topics such as: What are our triggers: Healthy communication: React or Respond; Leadership skills; Confidence building
  • Where necessary, we devise bespoke sessions for the group

We facilitate male and female group mentoring in Pupil Referral Units (PRU)’s


Implementing the Practice:

As of 2016, 2 hours on Saturday was added to this contract. From 2016 these sessions operated without the presence of the Youth Offending Team (YOT) worker and was monitored by the S2L worker emailing weekly case notes via secure email (CJSM).

  • S2L provide YOT worker with detailed weekly case notes covering the group session content, aims and objectives,
  • S2L monitor each young person’s response to the session, staff member and engagement reporting back to YOT via with case notes
  • After each session, young people compete feedback questioners on the session
  • S2L meet with the LBBD YOT coordinator for a quarterly report on the Group Mentoring Programme



Source Organisation: Spark2life
Name: Melvyn Naidoo
Telephone: 0208 619 1355
E-mail: melvyn@spark2life.co.uk
Website: www.spark2life.co.uk
YOT: Barking and Dagenham YOT
Name: Robert Harris
Telephone: 0208 2273690
E-mail: robert.harris@lbbd.gov.uk
Published in Practice Examples
Thursday, 28 September 2017 13:32

How Stuff Works

Age: 10-17
Sex: N/A
Cost: Yes



  • The Young People Law and Order course Unit - challenges a Young Persons Offending Behaviour (see portfolio document for further info )
  • The Drugs and Alcohol Misuses Awareness course Unit - provides basic info on the physical and psychological effects of Alcohol & Drugs Misuse, (see portfolio document for further info )
  • To Accredit the Young Person with an Entry Level Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (Entry 3) (QCF). (Young people must be 14 to gain the award)
  • To Signpost to other agencies that may offer help and support with regards to Drug and Alcohol Misuse and Young People involved in the Criminal Justice System.



HowStuffWorks s is an Offending Behaviour and Drugs and Alcohol Awareness programme, developed by the Cumbria Specialist Youth Service (CSYS) and the 12 one hour sessions (see attached doc for list of each session) are delivered by The CSYS Intervention Team. 

The County has three teams each consisting of one Intervention Coordinator (Internal Verifier) and two Intervention Support Workers (Assessors) these Teams were created to deliver Accredited Programmes of Interventions to Young People that are clients of the YOS, Targeted Youth Support (TYS) and Cumbria’s Early Help Service.


Implementing the practice:

  • The Programme requires minimal resources - Internet access and stationery. So it can be delivered in a range of locations
  • Referrals to the programme are made by our YOS Case Managers and TYS Officers to the CSYS Team via Intervention Coordinators.
  • Intervention Support Workers deliver the programme on a 1-2-1 basis supporting each young person to complete a Portfolio of work. 
  • They do this by providing opportunities, advice and support through each session with the aim of the young person gathering evidence that supports their understanding of the Assessment Criteria and subsequently enabling them to gain the qualification (please see attached). 



Youth Offending Team:  Cumbria Specialist Youth Services  
Name:  Simon Day
E-mail:  Simon.Day@cumbria.gov.uk 
Telephone:  01229 407 560
Published in Practice Examples


The Planning for discharge – transition tips document (attached) is a helpful tool of hints, tips and strategies to try and help make the transition process less stressful for the young person. It is the product of a collaborative effort by the staff and professionals within the secure estate who have worked with the young person during their time in custody. The young person also feeds into the guide.

It is intended to be an informative guide with a holistic approach for professionals / staff/ carers / parents to use to get to know ‘what works’ and what doesn’t for that specific young person. It is designed to encourage positive relationships with the young person prior to release and helping to ensure that their individual needs continue to be met in the community.

The Aims of the Planning for discharge – transition tips document are to -

  •  Help promote positive relationship building within community placements prior to leaving custody
  •  Ease the transition back into the community post custody for both the young person and staff / carers / parents
  •  Share ‘what works’ strategies  that the custodial establishment have found to be successful for that young person in bringing about positive change
  •  Reduce the young person’s risk of re-offending and high risk behaviours in the community  by better managing risks and maintaining the positive change achieved in custody
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