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: Rights, Respect, Responsibility is a personal development programme, which is run by Bradford Youth Justice Service.    Aims: To help instil a sense of belonging amongst children Support and encourage children to be tolerant, increase mutual respect and community cohesion Support children to understand their rights as a UK and EU citizen Support children to understand the role that…
Summary:  A video co-created with children at Barnet Youth Justice Service that describes reparation and the impact of the activities.      Aims: Support children to engage in reparation activities   Description: Barnet Youth Justice Service have co-created with children a short video around what reparation means and the type of activities that they may undertake at Barnet Youth Justice…
Summary:  An engagement resource for working with children and their families/carers created by West Mercia Youth Justice Service.  Aims: • To promote a child focused approach to working with children and their families in the initial stages of their time with the YJS and throughout their journey with youth justice   Description: West Mercia Youth Justice Service have created and…
Summary:  The Adolescent and Children’s Trust Fostering and Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have worked with care children and partners to co-create a better way to communicate with and about children in care.    Description: The Adolescent and Children’s Trust Fostering (TACT Fostering) have collaborated with care experienced children and young people, local authorities and organisations to…
Summary: A collection of guides providing practical information to staff to safeguard children.     Description: Child Sexual Exploitation: Advice for Staff is a pocket guide to provide practical information to staff to safeguard children and young people. Areas included cover: "What is Child Sexual Exploitation?" including signs and indicators Where children and young people are likely to be targeted…
Summary:  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 ‘stop and…
Summary: Thinkuknow is an on and offline safety programme for children, parents and professionals, it is part of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.     Thinkuknow is an on and offline safety programme for children, parents and professionals and is part of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. CEOP’s Thinkuknow education programme endeavours to empower young people online through…
Summary: An overview of the 'Who's In Charge' Child to Parent Violence and Abuse programme.     Aims: Support parents of children and young people aged 8-18, some of whom are in the Youth Justice System, who are being violent and abusive towards parents and carers. Reduce the level of violence and abuse by young people against their parents/carers Reducing parental…
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     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…
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: 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…
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