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: Darlington Youth Offending Service have created a work pack to generate awareness of the effects and impacts of the role of alcohol in children's lives.     Description: The Alcohol Awareness work pack comprises intervention materials designed to explore the reasons behind the young person consuming alcohol and the impact that this has on their life and their family…
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:  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: 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: 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 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…
Summary: Attached is the disclosure information booklet that is provided to all children on completion of their Orders. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To ensure children with criminal records are confident on if, when and how to disclose their criminal record. Ensure children and parents are aware how involvement with YJS may impact their future To…
Summary: Links to the changes to the criminal records disclosure rules.     The Government has made changes to the criminal records disclosure rules for sensitive roles, to ensure the right balance is struck between rehabilitation and protecting the public. The new legislation, will remove the automatic disclosure of youth cautions, reprimands and warnings and remove the automatic disclosure of…
Summary: Link to the report by the University of Oxford concerned with the experiences of adolescent to parent violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.     Experiences of adolescent to parent violence in the COVID-19 pandemic is a fast evidence report base on experiences of child and adolescent to parent violence through first-hand accounts from parents and the views of experts…
Summary: West Sussex YOT run an intervention designed to support and challenge some of their children's beliefs.Children can create books,as part of the intervention, which question and encorage debate,exploring the risks and consequences of all choices and actions  Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: None   Aims: Create an environment that encourages children to discuss their offending behaviour and support to…
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