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:  Attached is a fact sheet for children in Wales concerning Police powers around Stop and Search, interviews and charging processes.    Description: Children’s Legal Centre Wales have published Stopped, Arrested, Interviewed, Charged – A Guide for Under 18s. This factsheet explains some of the different things the police have the power to do. It looks at police powers to…
Summary: Attached is the description and further information concerning FLAT intervention for children potentially affected by criminal exploitation, including through ‘county lines'.      Description:Families Learning About Thinking Skills (FLATS) is an intensive intervention programme, run over 16-weeks with children that were deemed to be impacted by criminal exploitation, including county lines and comprised of: Weekly 2-hour group sessions for children Weekly…
Summary: Attached is the summary from Camden’s youth justice plan.     Description: Attached is an example, provided my Camden YOS, of a youth justice plan summary. This is an overview of the work of the youth offending service in Camden and also sets out details of performance over the past year and their priorities for 2021 -2023.    …
Summary: Attached below is a briefing from YCS concerning working with girls and bullying.       Description: Youth Custody Service have produced a variety of Effective Practice Briefings, which have been produced by the YCS Quality Development Team. the briefings are based on up to date evidence and engagement with children, staff and key stakeholders. They provide concise and easily…
Summary: Attached below is a briefing from YCS concerning supporting conversations about difference with children.      Description: Youth Custody Service have produced a variety of Effective Practice Briefings, which have been produced by the YCS Quality Development Team. the briefings are based on up to date evidence and engagement with children, staff and key stakeholders. They provide concise and…
Summary:  Attached below is a briefing from YCS concerning working with Autism Spectrum Condition children.       Description: Youth Custody Service have produced a variety of Effective Practice Briefings, which have been produced by the YCS Quality Development Team. the briefings are based on up to date evidence and engagement with children, staff and key stakeholders. They provide concise and easily…
Summary: Link to the youth justice plans guidance, produced by the YJB.     Description: The YJB has published the 2021 guidance to support with the production of the youth justice plans: practice note for youth offending partnerships.
Summary:  Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton YOTs 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: n/a     Aims: To create a supportive space for parents to share experiences and learn from each other To reduce isolation in parents who have children…
Summary: Attached are a variety of resources created by Kent Youth Justice Service to support children to engage in virtual panels. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Ensure young people are prepared for virtual panels, ahead of the panel taking place.     Description:With the move to virtual panels because of COVID-19, Kent Youth Justice Service have…
Summary: Attached is the free toolkit created by 1625 Independent People, which focuses on working effectively with children that are vulnerable.  Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Description: 1625 Independent People have published Informing Futures toolkit as a legacy resource to share the learning from the Future 4 Me programme delivered by 1625ip and their partners (2012 to…
Summary: Attached is the link to the Youth Justice Legal Centre short film for children and young people arrested and taken to a police station. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Description:  Youth Justice Legal Centre have produced a short film for children and young people who have been arrested and taken to a police station. The film…
Summary: Attached is a sheet, developed by Nottinghamshire YJS with key elements to consider when working with children over the telephone. Age: n/a Sex:  n/a Cost:  n/a     Aims: To assist staff in developing their knowledge and skills in creating a trauma informed environment when working with children and young people.     Description: It has been recognised that…
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