Education and communication

Education, Training and Employment (ETE) are key positive factors that support desistance. ETE provides access to a range of opportunities for children to help their progress and development. It is essential that youth justice partners work together with all educational establishments.

There is evidence to show that Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) has an impact on the ability of children to effectively communicate their views and feelings. Children with SLCN can give a negative perception of themselves to the agencies that are responsible for their support, sentences and interventions. It is therefore essential for those agencies working with children to have a clear awareness and process to understand and support children’s communication needs.

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) may face difficulties engaging or progressing in school which make it difficult for them to progress academically. Although the research around school exclusion and offending is not well evidenced, there is an emerging body of evidence that suggests that children that are out of education are at increased risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

This section provides information on support, resources and policies relating to education, including Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).

Summary: This programme aims to support children to engage and successfully complete their voluntary and statutory court sentences. Age: 10-19 (dependent on service criteria) Sex: n/a Cost: Yes (of the speech and language therapists, who are usually commissioned through health or education)     Outcomes: To support children to engage and successfully complete their voluntary and statutory court sentences. To…
Summary: Joint Guidance by YJB and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists .     Speech, Language and Communication Needs in the Youth Justice System is a joint guidance by the YJB and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. The guidance supports practitioners and managers around how to work with children with speech, language and communication…
 Summary: YOS staff deliver this training to college tutors and staff to increase their understanding of the needs and experiences of children in the youth justice system, challenging perception and building empathy.  Age:  n/a  Sex:  n/a  Cost:  None     Aimed at: College staff and tutors that work with children in the youth justice system.     Intended Outcomes:  …
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