Serious Incidents Notification – Standard Operating Procedure for Youth Justice Services – Youth Justice Board (Updated July 2023)


Overview and link to the serious incident notifications standard operating procedures and serious incident reporting form.


The Serious Incidents Notification – Standard Operating Procedures for Youth Offending Teams sets out what staff working in the youth justice system are invited to do in order to report information to the YJB if a child is involved in one of the 6 categories of serious incidents whilst under YJ Services supervision or on a YJ Service- caseload, or if they are charged with certain serious offences whilst not under YJ Service supervision or on a YJ Service- caseload.

The report serious incidents: guide for youth justice practitioners does not replace any local or national safeguarding requirements or policies and is congruent with the Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System which define the minimum expectation for all agencies that provide statutory services to ensure good outcomes for children in the youth justice system.

This guidance is for youth justice service managers/staff (or equivalent colleagues responsible for the delivery and or monitoring of youth justice services in the community) and Youth Justice Board personnel. It will also be of interest to local authority managers and other professionals involved in the safeguarding and protection of children.

From July 2023, YJSs will be able to submit a serious incident notification via the Youth Justice Application Framework (YJAF). If you do not have an account, this can be arranged by selecting “Request new account” on the YJAF login page.  If you need any assistance, please contact the YJAF Helpdesk via telephone or email, the details for which are on the login page or email the serious incidents mailbox.

Guidance how to submit a notification via YJAF is available within the YJAF Document Library under “Serious Incidents Notification – YJAF Reporting Guidance”.

If you experience any difficulties submitting a notification via YJAF, for a short period it will also be possible to also submit a notification via the serious incidents notification form.

Please send the completed form to the serious incidents mailbox and copy in your relevant YJB Head of Oversight.

If you experience any difficulties submitting a form, are unsure if a notification is required or have any further queries, please speak with your YJB Head of Oversight or email the serious incidents mailbox.