Custody and resettlement

The Youth Custody Service (YCS) is a specialist service within Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS), that works with the children that are given a custodial sentence or remanded into custody by a Court. For further information concerning custody please click here.

Unfortunately, children in custody often still experience poor outcomes upon release. Constructive Resettlement aims to support a child in developing a pro-social identity and their journey towards a positive future. Constructive Resettlement requires a combination of individualised personal support- recognising a child’s strengths and capacity for change- and individualised, tailored structural support.

Resettlement is not a single transition point but a process that begins the very minute a child enters custody. Every contact will contribute to supporting a child in their journey towards a pro-social identity, every comment or gesture, every interaction no matter how big or small.

This section provides resources to support a child’s identity shift both in terms of the necessary personal support and structural support, including advice on how to overcome some of the structural barriers that might stand in a child’s way. There is also information concerning Youth Custody Service and managing children in custody.

Please click here for case guidance management, section 7 which is in relation to custody and resettlement and here for National Standards.  Please note that National Standards describe the principles by which the youth justice system operates, and the end result required for children. Case Management Guidance gives the ‘how to’ underpinning National Standards; guidance on how to achieve these aims.

Summary: Transition booklet used by Clayfields House Secure Centre with children that are due to move back into the community. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a Aims: Support children in the transition process to prepare them to move from the secure estate. Encourage children to think about and plan their future. To empower the children to feel confident in asking…
Summary:  Examples of practice which emerged through the Serious Youth Violence Stocktakes from Custodial settings.     Members of the Evidence and Service Improvement (ESI) team, with support from the Youth Custody Service (YCS) and Youth Justice board for England and Wales (YJB), visited several sites within the Youth Secure Estate (YSE) during May and June 2019 to capture effective,…
Summary: This app aims to establish continuity of care to children on release from a YOI, provide information on local key health and wellbeing services, improve healthcare outcomes for children and aid resettlement process. Age: 14-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Description: Socrates 360 is an app and webpage that has been designed to help children take control of…
Only Connect was commissioned by the North East London Resettlement Consortia (NELRC) to deliver an embedded (on the wings), restorative mediation service to tackle the increased violence in custody and support young people to exit gang lifestyle.   Dedicated workers have been placed at HMPYOI Feltham and HMPYOI Cookham Wood to engage with young people whilst in their cells and…
Summary: Beyond Youth Custody is a national programme which examines and promotes best practice in the resettlement of children and young adults leaving custody. You will find a number of useful resources (including briefings, practitioner guides, reports and updates) here.    
Age: 12-18 Sex: n/a Cost: yes       Aims: To measure, through analysis, the effectiveness of interventions delivered with all young people during their time at Clayfields To gage young people’s honest thoughts and feelings about their time at Clayfields To measure reoffending rates of all young people leaving Clayfields To use data analysis to help inform future work…
Age: 13-17 Sex: Male Cost: none     Aims: To learn what a baby and child needs from a parent, to learn about the impact of different parenting styles and to understand the positive and negative effects that parenting can have on a child. To understand the negative effect uninvolved, unreliable, criminal, violent and/or abusive fathers can have on their…
  The Planning for discharge – transition tips document (attached) is a helpful tool of hints, tips and strategies to try and help make the transition process less stressful for the young person. It is the product of a collaborative effort by the staff and professionals within the secure estate who have worked with the young person during their time…
Summary: Youth Custody Service slide pack concerning matters of concern, safeguarding concerns, allegations and complaints, as well as key safeguarding contacts.   Youth Custody Service (YCS) have produced attached slide pack ‘Matters of Concern, Safeguarding concerns, allegations and complaints (As of 1st April 2020)’ to help clarify and inform colleagues regarding matters of concern, safeguarding concerns as well as allegations…
The Department for Education has published, The Aycliffe CSE Innovation Project.  The evaluation report is concerned about sexual exploitation and the difficulties of keeping exploited young people safe in the community, which has resulted in more referrals of sexually exploited young women to secure accommodation. The central question being tested by the pilot was: can secure accommodation provide a therapeutic…
Equal Access, Equal Care is a handbook for prison healthcare staff in any health care centre working with people with learning difficulties. The guide should be used as an introduction around the core points to consider when working with people that have diagnosed or suspected learning disabilities.
Summary: A discussion paper concerns with youth custody.     The ‘Transformation’ of Youth Custody: A Discussion Paper, is intended to inform and stimulate debate, it draws on lessons learned from visits to Spain, Finland and the USA - a trip funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - undertaken in order to understand their approaches to removing children from…
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