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: 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…
Summary: Sunderland YOS run a 'compliance panel', which is a panel that consider non-compliance and whether breach should be actioned or 'stayed'. Age: 10-17 years Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aim: Support young people to continue to engage with their Order/s Decrease numbers of young people being returned back to Court Reduce the amount of time spent processing breaches…
Summary: Living with Teenagers Programme is a specialist targeted group work programme aimed at parents and carers of young people (aged 11-16 years) who are experiencing communication and behavioural difficulties with their children. Age: 16 and over Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Aimed at: Living with Teenagers Programme is a specialist targeted group work programme aimed at parents and…
Age: 10-18 Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Intended Outcomes: Reduce verbal aggression and violence in close relationships Increase educational attendance and attainment (there is evidence that one of the most frequent areas of conflict between parents and young people is school attendance) Promote emotional well-being (coping with anxiety, anger, depression, emotional self-regulation etc) Improve relationships with others (especially parents…
The purpose of the Case Management Guidance is to provide Youth Offending Teams practical advise on how to work with children and young people in the Youth Justice System.  It contains infomation on what practitioners and managers need to do, implications of legislation and practical advise.  The Guidance should be used in conjunction with the revised National Standards for Youth…
Youth to Adult Transition Principles and Guidance for Wales is a guidance around how to improve the way youth offending teams and the National Probation Service work together.  The document contains the following infomation, both in English and in Welsh:   the aims of the approach background guidance on specific topics a step by step guide a form to capture…
Youth Justice Strategy for Wales: Children and Young People First is aimed at all agencies involved in youth justice services in Wales and covers the following: intervening early to stop criminal behaviour working to prevent crime and criminal behaviour diverting young people from crime into other activities It includes specific recommendations in relation to education, training and employment, mental health,…
Summary: This thematic report details the results of the thematic inspection to assess the effectiveness of practice of YOTs across eight domains significant in supporting children's journey away from offending.     HM Inspectorate of Probation thematic report Desistance and young people is the result of a thematic inspection to assess the effectiveness of practice in YOTs across eight domains which…
Age: 10-18 Sex: n/a Cost: no     Aims: To lead the attendees away from offending To lead attendees away from anti-social behaviour Increased engagement in ETE Further training at a higher level post accreditation from this course Offers opportunities to showcase achievements through both live performances at prestigious local venues and recordings of their work     Description: Back…
Summary: The National Citizen Service is a government back three phase programme. Age: 15-17 (specifically children in year 11 and 12 only) Sex: n/a Cost: £50 maximum, financial bursaries are offered for the personal coach scheme there is no cost     Aim: Support children to have new positive experience and give something back to their community Support children to…
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