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.

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…
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…
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