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: Link to the new Coronavirus Act 2020.    Please see Coronavirus Act 2020, this contains new offences, which may be applied to children.
Summary: Trauma informed approach to working with children during COVID 19. Nicola Lester, Psychological Trauma Consultant has created Making SENSE of COVID-19: Trauma Informed Approaches to Engagement Guidance. It may be of use for those staff and volunteers working with children in the criminal justice system. If you have any questions please contact Nicola Lester directly.
 Summary: Legislation that allows specific actions to be taken by the Government.    Please see The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, which is the amendments to the 1984 Act made by the 2008 Act comprehensively modernised the legal framework for health protection. This is the legislation that allows the UK government to take all reasonable steps to limit…
Summary: Children’s Commissioner have created a Covid-19 specific section targeted at professionals, educators, parents and children.  Children’s Commissioner have created a Covid-19 section which includes information, advice and resources to help during the pandemic for educators, parents and for professionals working with children. They also have specific information for children, including children’s guide to coronavirus.
Summary: Links to various organisations that provide support and advice to parents/carers around violence from their child.   Due to restrictions around leaving the home, there are concerns around increase in child to parent/carer violence or potential for this behaviour to develop. Below are a number of services that can provide advice and help for parents/carers. Child or Adolescent to…
Summary:  Public Health England guidance for parents/carers around supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.   Public Health England has developed some Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.   The guidance has been created to support adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing…
 Summary: Link for parents around online safety from Thinkuknow.   While using technology can provide hours of education and important social opportunities for children and young people during this period, it can present risks. Thinkuknow have 4 top tips to help keep children safe.  From their website, parents can also access to home activity packs. Parents can also access on…
Summary: Information for children around low mood and anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic, developed by Peterborough YOT and Cambridgeshire YOT. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aim: Support children to start exploring what anxiety/low mood may look and feel like for them.     Description: Seconded psychology staff at Peterborough have created the following documents and guidance for children…
Summary: A variety of links and attachments for YOT practitioners to use when working with children and their families/carers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aims: Support practitioners and managers to continue to work effectively with children through COVID-19.     Description: Essex Youth Offending Team has collated some ‘top tips’ that can be…
Summary: A variety of on-line resources for YOT practitioners, children and families/carers to increase awareness around social media and potential harm. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aims: Support parents and children understand some of the potential dangers of social media and increase risk of exploitation from others.     Description: Essex Youth Offending Team has collated some…
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