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.

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.
Children under 18 who are sentenced to custody are sent to secure establishments for children, there are three type of secure establishment placements that are available for children under the age of 18.. Types of secure centre young offender institutions secure training centres secure children’s homes   Young offender institutions: are run by the Prison Service and private companies are…
Summary: A Quick Guide to Universal Credit for Youth Justice Practitioners aims to support practitioners to navigate some of the complexities of universal credits for those children that are 16 and over.    
Summary: This guidance covers the YJB commitment to place children in accomodation which is most appropriate for their individual needs.     Placing Welsh Young People in Custody covers the YJB commitment to place children in accommodation which is most appropriate for their individual needs, particularly in order to support resettlement and reduce reoffending. The guidance also describes: the types…
Summary: These guides aim to help explain to prisoners how the parole process works     Easy Read guides for prisoners should be used to help explain to prisoners how the parole process works.The aim of the Easy Read guides is to enable all prisoners to understand how the Parole Board makes decisions and to participate more effectively in their…
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