Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:51

Children and Young People`s Youth Justice Plan

Age:  10-18
Sex:  n/a
Cost:  no


  • 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


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.




YOT: Doncaster Youth Offending Service
Name: Andy Hood
Telephone: 01302736100


YOT: Sandwell Youth Offending Service
Name: Michael Botham
Telephone: 0121 569 2201
Published in Resources For Sharing
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 10:52

Custody Exit Form

The Custody Exit Form has been devised, in order to systematically collect views from young people, immediately upon release, on their experience of custody.

Completion of this brief structured document will enable the YOS, secure establishment and YJB to immediately respond to issues arising upon release, whilst also gaining a greater understanding of the impact of custody on the young person. The Excel sheet should be returned completed to

The YJB will also collate and analyse the young person’s information to inform contract monitoring, learning and improvement within the secure estate.

Please note that this guidance should be read alongside the Case Management Guidance and National Standards

The Greater Manchester Youth Justice University Partnership (GMYJUP) brings together academics from Manchester Metropolitan University, practitioners and management from Greater Manchester Youth Justice Services and the Youth Justice Board to form an innovative model of collaboration in the field of youth justice.

Established in 2014, GMYJUP’s collaborative approach has resulted in ground-breaking research to develop effective youth justice practice, increasingly making Greater Manchester a beacon region for excellence in youth justice research, policy and practice.

GMYJUP initiatives include:
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP): Set up to facilitate the bi-directional transfer of knowledge and expertise between academia and practice, this project was the first of its kind in the field of youth justice. The two-year research project engaged young people in the development of creative approaches to manage their behaviour, giving them a voice in the dialogue around how youth justice services should operate and involving them in youth justice service redevelopment. You can read all about the project here and here.


Out of Court Framework: GMYJUP have used their Participatory Youth Practice (PYP) framework to underpin a new approach to pre-court cases. Using the eight youth-led principles, this framework engages with the Police to take a problem-solving approach to out-of-court work in a youth justice setting. This new approach is already being piloted in Greater Manchester. You can download the out-of-court framework here.  


If you would like further information concerning academic partnerships, you may be interested in theYJB’s Academic/YOT partnership working guide and YJB Report which contains learnings and advice from the GMYJUP partnership, and Mapping Exercise: Youth Justice/Academic Partnership Working Survey.


Published in Knowledge and Evidence
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a




  • Support young people to be involved in choosing potential new staff and volunteers
  • Support young people to participate in directly influencing the service



Norfolk Youth Offending Team (NYOT) believe that young people should be involved in the recruitment of the staff and volunteers who work with and for them. Since 2015 NYOT have asked young people, to take part in interview panels.

Feedback from the young people that have participated has been positive and the respect shown to them through the experience has helped them to feel involved, and to show respect back and feel comfortable in their subsequent intervention sessions with Norfolk YOT staff. Young people have also fed back that by helping to select the people who volunteer with the team, they feel they have had the opportunity to improve the experiences of other young people who will meet the volunteers at future community panel meetings. Young people also gain a range of experiences and skills which will enhance their own CV’s and help them to prepare for attending interviews in the future.



Implanting the Practice:

  • Staff at Norfolk YOT involved in supporting young people through the process take part in 'Recruitment and Selection' e-learning and a one-day 'Interviewing Skills for Interviewers' workshop, as well as ‘Involving young people in recruitment and selection’ training. The above are offered by Norfolk County Council. The first two are standard training for any manager who is conducting interviews, whereas the final training is specific to young people’s involvement in the process. The training is essential so staff are able to support the young people appropriately and in an informed and professional manner whilst also making sure that the process meets legal requirements and follows local policies
  • Young people attend a preparation session where they go through the job description and think about the qualities they believe the ‘perfect’ candidate should have. During the session, the young people work together to come up with a set of questions that they feel will help them get to know the candidates. Attached there is a suggested session format for the preparation of young people for interview panels – this includes the need to be clear about legislation that impacts on recruitment
  • Generally 2-3 young people sit on the panel, together with a support officer. Young people are supported to explain to the candidates that the officer is only there for their support and will have no involvement in the decision making process
  • Following the interview panel process, young people are given feedback about the successful/unsuccessful candidates and how their feedback has influenced that decision



Contact Details:

YOT: Norfolk Youth Offending Team
Name: Miranda Webb
Telephone: 01603679119



Published in Practice Examples
Friday, 29 September 2017 11:24

Participation and Practice in Youth Justice (2015)

The Participation and Practice in Youth Justice (2015) article explores the limited development of participatory practices in the field of youth justice during a period when youth civic participation has experienced significant development in other fields, such as health, local government and youth work more broadly. It also considers what participation can mean in practice for young people in conflict with the law.

Published in Knowledge and Evidence
Friday, 04 November 2016 09:13

Statutory Order - Workbooks

Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: none



  • Promote participation and meaningful engagement amongst children/young people
  • Consistency in practice when managing statutory orders


The workbooks follow a specific theme and therefore ensure a consistent approach with all service users in order to ensure effective engagement. The workbooks are used a part of the young person’s induction, when they are sentenced to a Youth Rehabilitation Order or Referral Order. They are used to discuss initial intervention plans, and to review those plans on a regular basis.

The workbooks also include diversity questionnaires to address any issues in relation to a young person’s diversity and identify, as well as any possible barriers to engagement.

It also offers the opportunity for children/young people to actively participate in the development of their intervention sessions and allow for feedback. It furthermore, supports practitioners to reflect on their practice and also provide consistent inductions and to deliver offence-focused interventions.




YOT: Wokingham Youth Offending Service
Name: Aletta Pretorius
Telephone: 0118 974 6672


Published in Resources For Sharing

HM Inspectorate of Probation have published The Voices of Young People Under Supervision (findings from the HMI Probation eSurvey), which focuses on the views of children supervised by Youth Offending Teams (YOTs), which were gathered through the analysis of the responses to HMI Probation’s eSurvey. The eSurvey captured the children’s views regarding their needs, the support provided through the YOT and the progress that they had made. It was completed by 14,542 children and young people between April 2014 and March 2017.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 12:28

Working with Transgendered Young People

The following is a list of UK organisations who can help Transgender young people and those working with them. This may include offering: direct support; training for parents; carers or professionals working with them; or resources and links on their websites.


If your organisation can help and support young transgender people, or young people experiencing problems with their gender identity, and you would like us to add you to this list please get in touch through our Contact Us page.


We are also interested in hearing from YOTs examples of good practice around working with transgender young people. Please click here to get in touch.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 09:44

YJB Participation strategy

Capturing the views and opinions of young people is vital if we are to have a truly distinct and child centred youth justice sector. This strategy sets out our commitment to improving engagement with young people.