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: A model of service delivery, and five key characteristics for support to achieve sustainable resettlement for children, created by Beyond Youth Custody..     Beyond Youth Custody have published Now all I care about is my future: Supporting the shift (Framework for the effective resettlement of young people leaving custody), which presents a theory of change, a model of…
Summary: HM Inspectorate of Prisons have published analysis of children's experience in Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions   HM Inspectorate of Prisons have published Children in Custody 2016–17, which is an analysis of 12–18-year-olds’ perceptions of their experiences in Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions.
Resettlement in England and Wales: Key Policy and Practice Messages from Research (2012), attached below, summarises the lessons learnt from several evaluations of custody and resettlement initiatives. Published by the Youth Justice Board, it translates the research findings into a list of clear and relevant recommendations to inform current resettlement practice.  The report has also been used more recently by…
Summary: Legacy video by Beyond Youth Custody which containes their framework for effective resettlement.     After six years of research and influencing work, the Beyond Youth Custody partnership closed at the end of May 2018.  They created a final newsletter, which contains more information on the programme closure and recent updates.  Beyond Youth Custody have also created a legacy…
Summary: The National Interventions Directory (NID) provides an overview of interventions available across the Youth Offender Institution and Prisons estate.     Youth offending teams (YOTs) are now able to access the National Interventions Directory (NID) which is owned by the MOJ and is available on the Youth Justice Application Framework (YJAF). The NID comprises of three spread sheets: Custody…
Summary: The attached document launches resettlement and transitions as a Youth Justice Board's priority.     How to Make Resettlement Constructive document (attached) is a key document that lays out the current evidence base in resettlement work, YJB thinking and in turn our current work plan to support an evidence based approach in this area. Constructive Resettlement differs from previous…
Summary: Information reguarding opening a bank account in preparation for release from custody.     The Information Hub, run by the charity Unlock have published the following articles ‘Identification (ID) for opening a bank account’ and ‘Opening a basic bank account before release’, which are targeted self-help information for children over the age of 16 years. The articles address some…
Summary: Procedure and process for resettlement in Camden YOS Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: none      Aims: Procedure was revised to reflect some of the principles of ‘constructive resettlement’ Procedure aims to ensure that delivery is consistent     Description:Attached is the ‘Procedure and Process for Resettlement in Camden YOS’, its underpinning principles come from the YJB Constructive Resettlement…
Summary: Derby YOS have implemented Custody Scrutiny Panels in order to provide a robust system for individual cases, as well as cases of concern to be discussed and individual needs to be met.  Age: 10-17 Sex n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To provide a clear robust system to ensure all children receiving a custodial sentence have equal access to…
Summary:  Sheffield YJS has a partnership with the Roundabout charity, specifically to support children coming out of custody. Age: 16-25 Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Description: Sheffield Youth Justice Service have a strong partnership working partnership with a housing charity – Roundabout, which has been built over the last 16 years. Roundabout is able to provide rolling single unit…
Summary:     Leicester City YOS have developed the attached policy to provide direction and guidance to staff in effective resettlement practice. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: None     Aims: The purpose of this policy is to provide direction and guidance to staff in effective resettlement practice in line with relevant research recommendations.     Description: This policy is underpinned…
HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons completed a join inspection Youth Resettlement work examining the operational work by staff in young offender institutions (YOIs) and external agencies to help children being released from custody to resettle back into their communities.
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