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: 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…
 Summary: It is a tool for professionals involved in the Youth Justice System working with children to explore some of the risks around drug supply, exploitation and related vulnerabilities. Age:  14-19 Sex:  n/a Cost:  None     Intended Outcomes: To engage children in looking at some of the risks around drug debt and supply. To raise awareness and highlight risks…
Summary: Breaking the Chain is a resource (created in partnership with YOTs) which has been designed to be used with children who are at risk of committing, or have been convicted, of cruelty to animals. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aim: Support children that have committed an offence of cruelty to animal/s to increase their knowledge and…
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Outcomes: Support young people to see the benefits of completing their Order Ensure the young person fully understands the requirement/s of their Order Support young people to identify some of the barriers to compliance and agree appropriate strategies to overcome these with their case manager     Description: The programme may be…
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