Working with children and families

Children cannot be seen in isolation, working with families and carers is essential in sustaining desistance and supporting children in becoming important members of their community.  Many of the families whose children come into contact with the criminal justice system are vulnerable themselves and with partnership work and collaboration some of the core vulnerabilities can begin to be addressed.

This section has information and practice concerning working with families so that they are able to grow and support their children, as well as interventions for the children themselves which sustain positive outcomes.

Summary: Dorset Combined Youth Offending Services refer children to a national surfing charity to support with improving their mental health issues, social deprivation, family breakdown or social exclusion due to a disability, being a carer or being bullied. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To support a wide range of vulnerable children (including those from a Black…
Summary: West Sussex YOT run an intervention designed to support and challenge some of their children's beliefs.Children can create books,as part of the intervention, which question and encorage debate,exploring the risks and consequences of all choices and actions  Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: None   Aims: Create an environment that encourages children to discuss their offending behaviour and support to…
Summary: Rights, Respect, Responsibility is a personal development programme, which is run in Bradford Youth Offending Team. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: Yes    Aims: To help instil a sense of belonging amongst children Support and encourage children to be tolerant, increase mutual respect and community cohesion Support children to understand their rights as a UK and EU citizen Support…
Summary: Spark2Life's approach aims to encourage team building and facilitate peer to peer mentoring in a controlled space. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost yes   Aims: Challenging a value system supporting a crime and gang culture Encouraging positive lifestyle choices Promote strength and benefits of living in a diverse culture   Description: Spark2Life’s (S2L) approach is based on meaningful mentoring…
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aims: To explore the reasons for theft offences. To look at the range of theft offences, charges and convictions that can occur. Highlight the impact of theft offences on both the victim and offender.     Description: The attached pack explores a range of acquisitive and dishonesty offences with the aims of…
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none   Aims: Promote participation and meaningful engagement amongst children/young people Consistency in practice when managing statutory orders Description: The workbooks follow a specific theme and therefore ensure a consistent approach with all service users in order to ensure effective engagement. The workbooks are used a part of the young person’s induction, when they are…
Age: 10-18 Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Aim: Support young people at the periphery of offending to reduce likelihood of further engagement in pro-criminal activities and anti-social behaviour     Description: North Somerset Youth Offending and Prevention Service currently runs an in-house mentoring, independent visiting and advocacy service for young people through the Junction 21 Mentoring and Advocacy Service.…
Age: 8-18 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aims: To inform the level and type of intervention that can be offered to parents/carers. To assess the parent/carer to ascertain their experiences of being parented as a child/adolescent and how this; along with their culture and current experiences as an adult impacts, on their parenting.     Description: This is a…
Age: 10-17 Sex: N/A Cost: Yes   Aim: The Young People Law and Order course Unit - challenges a Young Persons Offending Behaviour (see portfolio document for further info ) The Drugs and Alcohol Misuses Awareness course Unit - provides basic info on the physical and psychological effects of Alcohol & Drugs Misuse, (see portfolio document for further info )…
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aims: To prevent the placement of young people into care or custody by working to address the drivers of behaviours and by working in a systemic way with young people and their families. To reduce reoffending by improving young people’s functioning at home, in school and in the community. To offer families…
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: None     Aimed at: Young people struggling to describe their emotions Supporting young people to identify some of their feelings before, during and after offending Supporting young men to explore the negative impact of patriarchal attitudes on their offending behaviour Supporting young people to look at the impact of their emotions on their negative…
Summary:    Deal or No Deal is a 1:1 programme based on one hour a week session for six weeks that looks to tackle the issues surrounding drug dealing at street level.Each session, looks at different parts of drug dealing. Primarily it focus on; the effects of children’s actions and the impact on others. Age: 14-18 Sex: n/a Cost: None…
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