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: Harrow YOT in collaboration with Prospects (Harrow Youth Stop careers service) delivered a multi-agency conference aimed at increasing awareness of positive impact of education for children. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aim: Increase knowledge and partnership work with educational establishments and other key stakeholders Build new partnerships     Description: Harrow YOT, in collaboration with Prospects…
Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England 2017, is guidance setting out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law.
SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years is the statutory code concerning special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years of age. It explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families…
School Attendance: Guidance for Schools (2019) is guidance produced by the Department for Education (DFE) for use by; Headteachers Governors All school staff Local authorities Providers of alternative provision (for children who can’t go to a mainstream school) It can also be a useful tool for parents and carers, as it provides information about interventions to address pupils’ poor attendance…
Support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England is a report by the National Audit Office assessing how well pupils with SEND are being supported in schools. They examined: The system for supporting pupils with SEND and the outcomes it is achieving. Funding, spending and financial sustainability. The quality of support and experiences of pupils and parents.
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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