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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.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 08:56

AssetPlus Guidance

The AssetPlus Overview provides information and documentation for youth justice practitioners on the new assessment and planning framework for the youth justice system.

It includes:

  • information on timescales, business change activity, training approach and contact information
  • a diagram providing an overview of the sections in AssetPlus
  • a diagram showing the local implementation plan for 6 - 7 months of activity before technical go-live
  • a diagram giving an overview of the training structure that youth offending teams (YOTs) will use

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 assessment@yjb.gsi.gov.uk.


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

Friday, 11 January 2019 11:40

Banking for Children in or Leaving Custody

The Information Hub, run by the charity Unlock have published the following articles ‘Identification (ID) for opening a bank account’ and ‘Opening a basic bank account before release’, which are targeted self-help information for children over the age of 16 years. The articles address some of the challenges faced by children in the custodial establishments and on release when applying for a bank account.

If a child is struggling to get the appropriate identification whilst in custody there is a special form that has been created by the Ministry of Justice – National Offender Management Service called ‘Identity (ID) for Bank Account Applications for all prisoners’ (PSI 44/2011). This can be completed by a member of the Prison Service and signed by the Governor. It has been agreed by all of the banks through the British Bankers Association and the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group that this form can be accepted as the only form of ID when opening a basic bank account.

After six years of research and influencing work, the Beyond Youth Custody partnership closed at the end of May 2018.  They created a final newsletter, which contains more information on the programme closure and recent updates.  Beyond Youth Custody have also created a legacy video designed for practitioners, policymakers, researchers and service providers on the Beyond Youth Custody framework for effective resettlement. 

Please note that the website will exist until May 2019, after which Nacro will host the content.

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.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:47

Case Management Guidance

The purpose of the Case Management Guidance is to provide Youth Offending Teams practical advise on how to work with children and young people in the Youth Justice System.  It contains infomation on what practitioners and managers need to do, implications of legislation and practical advise. 

The Guidance should be used in conjunction with the revised National Standards for Youth Justice Services.

In April 2019, the Home Office published the Child Exploitation Disruption Toolkit: Disruption Tactics, which is aimed at front line staff to support their work around safeguarding children from sexual and criminal exploitation.
The toolkit is split into six areas:

  • Abduction and trafficking
  • Behaviour
  • Sexual offences
  • Location
  • Victim care
  • Other options

In addition to the six areas, the disruption toolkit includes best practice guidance in three areas:

  • Information sharing and multi-agency working
  • Intelligence and evidence
  • Further links

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.

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