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.

Why Don’t We Listen? Parents of high-level offenders asked for help before their child’s first offence. This paper draws on research that looked at parenting interventions as a form of crime prevention. It involved a case-study of over 140 families and questionnaires with parents attending a Youth Offending Team and parents attending a voluntary parenting group. The paper considers how…
Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost no     Aims: To improve relationships between supervisors and supervisees To improve outcomes for service users     Description: The attached is a supervision policy that is based on ‘Critical Reflection’, which was advocated in the Munro Report as achieving best outcomes for service users. Staff members are provided the opportunity to discuss events…
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Aims: Improving communication skills with the aim of getting young people to engage in a personal goal setting approach Providing young people the opportunity to develop and learn new skills to increase self-esteem and enhance well being     Description: The Tuned In - Music Therapy Project is a program suitable for…
Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: yes   Aims: To support parents to strengthen their monitoring skills To support parents to modifying self-modelling behaviours To support parents to improve listening and praising skills To support parents to improve their understanding around peer influences To encourage positive parent/young person interactions     Description: The STOP Parenting Support Programme was originally designed for…
Description: The West Berkshire Youth Offending Team Parenting Officers run the STOP Parenting Programme. The Programme is run one per week, for 10 weeks from 6:30pm-8:30pm. All parents and carers are included. West Berkshire have offered places to parents that have limited access to their children, as a way to support positive relationships and parenting when they are able to…
Scottish Women’s Aid’s programme, Get Savi, active bystander programme for over 16s, has been running since 2010 - with the support of NUS Scotland Women's Campaign, LGBT Youth Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland, White Ribbon Scotland and Zero Tolerance. The programme is aimed at building confidence and skills in speaking up against sexism and homophobia, and the language and attitudes that…
The Children's Society have launched a campaign aimed at young people called "Big up the Bill". The campaign aims to highlight what young people percieve as good work done by the police. A report has been published for the campaign, in which young people share examples of police staff they met who had made a lasting positive impression, and a…
Sexting: How to talk to Children about the Risks of Sexting is a resource created by NSPCC, which practitioners can use with young people to discuss ‘sexting’.
Indecent Images of Children: Guidance for Young People is guidance produced by the Home Office for children in relation to indecent images of children.
Children and Young People Who Engage in Technology-Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour is a study by NSPCC around harmful sexual behaviour assisted by technology by children and young people. The research set out to explore the following: how many young people participating in our service for harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) have engaged in Technology Assisted (TA)-HSB their backgrounds and characteristics links…
The Parenting Contracts and Orders Guidance, attached below is designed to support practitioners in the operation of parenting orders and parenting contracts.
The four year YJB reducing reoffending Programme closed in March 2017 having worked with 66 voluntary Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) to support them to use the YJB reducing reoffending toolkit to analyse their local cohort and take action to reduce reoffending. Click here to read about how to reduce reoffending by children and young people and access the YJB Reducing…
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