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: Link to the youth justice plans guidance, produced by the YJB.     Description: The YJB has published the 2021 guidance to support with the production of the youth justice plans: practice note for youth offending partnerships.
Summary:  Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton YOTs work in partnership with First Cass Legacy to run monthly meetings for parents whose children attend the YOS Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To create a supportive space for parents to share experiences and learn from each other To reduce isolation in parents who have children…
Summary: Attached are a variety of resources created by Kent Youth Justice Service to support children to engage in virtual panels. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Ensure young people are prepared for virtual panels, ahead of the panel taking place.     Description:With the move to virtual panels because of COVID-19, Kent Youth Justice Service have…
Summary: Attached is the free toolkit created by 1625 Independent People, which focuses on working effectively with children that are vulnerable.  Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Description: 1625 Independent People have published Informing Futures toolkit as a legacy resource to share the learning from the Future 4 Me programme delivered by 1625ip and their partners (2012 to…
Summary: Attached is the link to the Youth Justice Legal Centre short film for children and young people arrested and taken to a police station. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Description:  Youth Justice Legal Centre have produced a short film for children and young people who have been arrested and taken to a police station. The film…
Summary: Attached is a sheet, developed by Nottinghamshire YJS with key elements to consider when working with children over the telephone. Age: n/a Sex:  n/a Cost:  n/a     Aims: To assist staff in developing their knowledge and skills in creating a trauma informed environment when working with children and young people.     Description: It has been recognised that…
Summary: Attached is the disclosure information booklet that is provided to all children on completion of their Orders. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To ensure children with criminal records are confident on if, when and how to disclose their criminal record. Ensure children and parents are aware how involvement with YJS may impact their future To…
Summary: Links to the changes to the criminal records disclosure rules.     The Government has made changes to the criminal records disclosure rules for sensitive roles, to ensure the right balance is struck between rehabilitation and protecting the public. The new legislation, will remove the automatic disclosure of youth cautions, reprimands and warnings and remove the automatic disclosure of…
Summary: Link to the report by the University of Oxford concerned with the experiences of adolescent to parent violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.     Experiences of adolescent to parent violence in the COVID-19 pandemic is a fast evidence report base on experiences of child and adolescent to parent violence through first-hand accounts from parents and the views of experts…
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…
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