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: A list of UK organisations who can help transgender children and those working with them.     The following is a list of UK organisations who can help Transgender children and those working with them. This may include offering: direct support; training for parents; carers or professionals working with them; or resources and links on their websites. If your…
Summary: The Early Intervention Foundation have published a guide concerned with commissioning of parenting and family suport for the Troubled Families agenda.     The Early Intervention Foundation have published; Commissioning Parenting and Family Support for Troubled Families guide, which offers advice on commissioning parenting support for families as part of the Troubled Families programme. It looks in some depth…
Summary: This guidance sets out the respective duties of children's services and housing services to secure or provide accomodation for 16 and 17 year old children who are homeless or in need of accomodation.     Prevention of Homelessness and Provision of Accommodation for 16 and 17 Year Old Young People Who May be Homeless and/or Require Accommodation has  replaced…
Summary: The purpose for the guidance is to support local housing authorities to ensure that they are able to exercise their functions relating to homelessness and prevention of homelessness.     The Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities. Please note that this code replaces and…
Summary: The Youth Justice Accomodation Pathway tool is intended to be a practical tool to plan accomodation and support services for children and young people aged 16 - 25 who have been involved with the criminal justice system.     The Youth Justice Accomodation Pathway tool is intended to be a practical tool that local authorities, criminal justice agencies and…
Summary: The PSHE Association lesson plans aim to challenge the myths and communicate some of the realities of carrying a knife to secondary school students.     PSHE Association have created #knifefree lesson plans for key stage 3 and 4.  The plans were created using the Home Office #knifefree campaign.  These resources have been designed to be used in the…
Summary: Getting to Known me is a one to one programme developed by Cumbria Specialist Youth Service to assists children to identifying their potential and support them to make the right choices for themselves Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aims:  To challenge children to look at their confidence and emotional intelligence To provide children with the skills…
Summary: OpportuntyKnocks is a one to one intervention programme developed by Cumbria Specialist Youth Support Teams, that is focused on employability skills for children. Age: 16-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To support and equip children with employability skills Support children to gain an Entry Level Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (Entry 3) (QCF)…
Summary:  LifeSkills is a one to one intervention programme developed by Cumbria Specialist Youth Service, to support children with gaining independent living skills. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To support and equip children with the skills and knowledge to live independently Support children to gain an Entry Level Certificate in Independent Living - Looking After Yourself…
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.    
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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