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: The weapons intervention toolkit is aimed children that are thought to be vulnerable to exploitation and involvement in gang activity and use of weapons. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost:  n/a     Aims: Supporting children’s understanding of gangs and the associated risks. Supporting children’s understanding of the dangers of carrying a weapon. Support children to explore their emotions and…
Summary: Holes in the wall is a website that offers knowledge and information for practitioners (as well as parents/carers) regarding child to parent violence and abuse. There are a variety of free resources that can be accessed.    
Summary:  Sandwell YOS 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: yes     Aims: To create a supportive space for parents to share experiences and learn from each other To reduce isolation in parents who have children open to the YOS To create a…
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has produced the attached report ‘Improving Parental Engagement’ on the experiences of parents of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children in the youth justice system. Agencies are encouraged to consider this document as an assurance tool to better understand the needs of parents with BAME children in the system. The report includes suggestions for…
  Summary: Break 4 Change aims to reduce the level of violence and abuse by children against their parents/carer. Age:  10-17 Sex:  n/a Cost:  no   Aims: Reducing parental stress and anxiety, guilt and shame Rebuilding family relationships - both parent to child and child to siblings Improving family functionality by helping to build responsibility in children and parents    …
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