COVID-19: Resources for youth justice

This section contains links and materials that may be useful for youth justice professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary: Leeds YJS have created #LockDownChallenge as a way to engage children during COVID-19. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: limited     Aims: Continue to engage children and families during COVID-19.     Details:Leeds Youth Justice Service (YJS) makes contact with families and children via telephone to try and understand ways that will support and encourage engagement. They have created…
Summary: Attached is Wrexham and Ealing YOTs contingency plan for COVID-19.     Aims: To set out the local authorities plans to deliver youth justice services during the COVID-19 pandemic.     Description: Local Authorities have been asked by the YJB to submit contingency plans on how they will deliver youth justice services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attached plans belong…
Summary: Information regarding End of Custody Temporary Release guidance produced by the Youth Custody Service.     Youth Custody Service have developed specific guidance concerning End of Custody Temporary Release (ECTR), as a response to COVID-19 which is available to youth offending teams and the Secure Estate.  The purpose of the ECTR is to support the release of children in…
Summary:  Details of ‘letter box’ reparation programme which sees children completing letters etc. for those most vulnerable people in the local community. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: limited     Aim: Allow children to complete their reparation requirement during COVID-19 Support vulnerable adults that are most likely to feel isolated during COVID-19     Description:Just prior to lockdown Sheffield and…
Summary: Calderdale Youth Service has developed a variety of virtual offers for children using What’s App video and other social media platforms, to continue to support and engage children during COVID-19. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aim: Continue to support and engage children through COVID-19 through the use of virtual platforms.     Description: Calderdale Youth Service…
Summary: Links to two guidances concerning keeping children safe on line, targeted at parents but also relevant for practitioners in supporting families.     Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Department for Education (DfE) and Home Office (HO) have co-produced the following guidance; Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online. The guidance outlines…
Summary: Link to Welsh guidance for schools on safeguarding children during COVID-19.     The Welsh Government have released the following guidance, education safeguarding guidance: coronavirus, which contains information specific for school around safeguarding children during COVID-19. There is also access to a PDF for practitioners and one for the safeguarding person which may be of interest.
Summary: Link to Welsh guidance concerning vulnerable children and young people.     The Welsh Government have released the following guidance, vulnerable children and young people: coronavirus, which contains information about vulnerable children and safeguarding during COVID-19.
Youth Custody Service (YCS) and NHS have co-produced the below attached flyers: Physical Distancing Not Social Distancing- English Physical Distancing Not Social Distancing - Welsh Secure Stairs – Top Tips for Supporting Staff and Young People The purpose is to support practitioners and children who are currently in Secure Establishments, through COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to refer to GOV.UK/coronavirus for…
Summary:  Link to the Youth Work Support website which offers advice, guidance and tools relevant to children and practitioners during COVID-19.     Youth Work Support website is designed to bring together relevant advice, guidance, support and tools for youth workers, children and young people and organisations during COVID-19. The following areas may be of particular interest:Supporting young people through…
 Summary: The AIM (Assessment, Intervention, Moving On) Project is offering free consultation for anyone who has previously subscribed to their services, (until 30/06/2020) for practitioners working with children that have exhibited harmful sexual behaviour.     Aim: Support practitioners during COVID 19 Support practitioners in thinking about how best to work with parents, children and young people during COVID-19  …
Summary: Link to Human Trafficking Foundation, who have developed a specific COVID-19 area.      Human Trafficking Foundation have developed at COVID-19 specific section which includes access to information around national referral mechanism, working with children, domestic abuse, health, housing, immigration, mental health and on line training. There are also links to temporary changes in guidance due to COVID-19 which…
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