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:  Information on how to access YCS Frequently Asked Questions concerning children in custody and on remand, during COVID-19.     Youth Custody Service (YCS) has emailed all Youth Offending Team Head of Services (or equivalent) in all Local Authorities in England and Wales with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the Youth Custody Service. The FAQ is available to services…
Summary:  A resource for parents experiencing child violence and abuse, created by Who’s in Charge that takes into account COVID-19.   Who’s in Charge have created a booklet, ‘help and support for parents experiencing child to parent violence and abuse’, which is designed for parents, which takes into account COVID-19. This is in recognition of news reports that have suggested…
Summary: YJB update concerning activity from the youth justice system and wider partners, in response to COVOD-19.   Please see attached update from the Youth Justice Board, which is designed to keep you informed of activity in response to the coronavirus pandemic from the youth justice system and wider partners. We will endeavour to review this document regularly but please…
Summary: Information on how to access the YJB Frequently Asked Questions concerning children and the Youth Justice system, during COVID-19.   Youth Justice Board (YJB) has emailed all Youth Offending Team Head of Services (or equivalent) in all Local Authorities in England and Wales with ‘Children and the Justice System, during COVID 19 - Frequently Asked Questions’. The Frequently Asked…
 Summary: Link to Government advice concerning COVID-19.    Please following click here to access the government advice and guidance concerning a variety of topics in relation to COVID-19 including: • How to protect yourself and others • Employment and financial support • School closures, education, and childcare    
 Summary:   Link to NHS Guidance in relation to Covid-19   Advice for everyone is NHS guidance around things that people should and should not do in order to keep safe and help reduce likelihood of spreading the virus. It also has information concerning what to do if you need medical help. You can also find information around mental health: Every…
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…
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