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The Youth Justice Sector Improvement Partnership (YJSIP) is a tripartite partnership between the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB), the Association of YOT Managers (AYM) and senior youth justice leaders. The Partnership provides improvement support for the sector, by the sector and always with the sector.

In order to access YJSIP support, individual Services should complete an application form.

YJSIP support is a universal support offer open to all youth offending teams (YOTs) in England and Wales. Sector improvement support is by invite and is not imposed, often seen as a critical friend approach from fellow youth justice sector colleagues who know the business.
YJSIP has developed a menu of support to best match need and includes:

  • Peer Review
  • Bespoke peer support
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Special Educational Needs and disability (support for YOTs around SEND provision for children)

 

(a) Bespoke Peer Support
Bespoke peer support is as the name suggests. It is a tailor-made support offer based on need and can vary considerably depending.
Examples of bespoke peer support; Service A wants support in considering what is working well or less in a particular area of business such as governance and leadership, or a specific strand of operations such as Out of Court Disposals. Both examples do not warrant a full Peer Review instead a tailored peer support offer is sufficient.

In order to access YJSIP Peer Support, Youth Justice Partnerships should complete an application form. Each Application is discussed at the YJSIP Programme Board and a decision made. If approved, the YJSIP resource will be allocated accordingly. YJSIP is a finite resource governed by funding and supply versus demand.

 

(b) Coaching
YJSIP coaching is about developing a person’s skills and knowledge so that their job performance improves, leading to the achievement of organisational objectives. It targets high performance and improvement at work and usually lasts for a short period and focuses on specific skills and goals. A definition; “a process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve”. The key is the focus on shift, be that learning, skill, knowledge or performance.

Examples of Coaching support; Service B has a newly appointed Head of Service, new to the area and wanting support in their new role.
In order to access YJSIP Coaching support, Youth Justice Partnerships should complete an application form. Each Application is discussed at the YJSIP Programme Board and a decision made. If approved, the YJSIP resource will be allocated accordingly. YJSIP is a finite resource governed by funding and supply versus demand.

 

(c) Mentoring
Mentoring is most often defined as “A professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person's professional and personal growth.” (said who). A good mentor should help people to recognise their abilities and limitations, and help them seize opportunities and come to terms with the reality of their career potential.

Examples of Mentoring support; Service C has a newly appointed Head of Service looking for more guidance rather than goal support.
In order to access YJSIP Mentoring support, Youth Justice Partnerships should complete an application form. Each Application is discussed at the YJSIP Programme Board and a decision made. If approved, the YJSIP resource will be allocated accordingly. YJSIP is a finite resource governed by funding and supply versus demand.

 

(d) Peer Review
The primary purpose of a YJ Peer Review is to help a YOT and its partners identify their strengths and to highlight areas for potential improvement in the current provision of youth justice services. The Peer Review Team is made up of trained Peer Reviewers who are all YOT Managers / Heads of Service. They know about youth justice and act as critical friends. YJPRs are a unique opportunity for YOTs and local authorities to gain a fresh perspective from peers alongside collaborative support in improving local youth justice.

YJPR is a supportive yet challenging process. It is not an inspection and the Peer Review Team has been invited in, it has not been imposed.

In order to access YJSIP Peer Review, Youth Justice Partnerships should complete an application form. Each Application is discussed at the YJSIP Programme Board and a decision made. If approved, the YJSIP resource will be allocated accordingly. YJSIP is a finite resource governed by funding and supply versus demand.

 

(e) Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Peer Review
SEND peer review is explicitly targeted review to look at the local provisions for children that have special educational needs and disability (SEND). What is particular of interest is that the peer review team also includes local partners with interest in said topic such as SEND lead or educational psychologists etc. to help better consider the local provisions.

Applying Service: SEND peer review may be suitable for a Service that is looking at improving or consolidating their work with partners. You will need to complete the attached application form.

 

YJSIP Programme Board
In order to ensure that YSIP is a true collaborative partnership between the tripartite, there is a ‘programme board’ that sits on a quarterly basis. The aim of the YJSIP programme is to:

  • Actively promote working relationships across the sector and youth justice partnerships
  • Assist in the development of sector improvement across England and Wales
  • Clear accountability through the YJSIP Programme Board and oversight via the AYM Executive Board
  • Transparency of activity
  • Co-operation, co-ordination and the effective exchange of information

 

Who is on the YJSIP Board?

Member  Youth Offending Team Region YOT rapresenting
Kay Davidson (Chair) Salford North West
Tania Riedel (Chair) Brighton & Hove South East
Paula Barnett Glamorgan Wales
Jamie Warr Flintshire Wales
Lesley Jones Powys Wales
Sally Churchyard Bath & North East Somerset South West
Brendan Finnegan Hackney London
Hannah Doughty Croydon London
Angie Fuller Barking & Dagenham London
Jacqui Belfield-Smith Stockport AYM
Matt Bywater Swindon AYM
Andy Cook Lincolnshire East
Jen Meade Suffolk East Midlands
Tony Begley Warwickshire West Midlands
Katie Hewitt Sheffield Yorkshire & the Humber
Jon Bradnum National YJB

*please note that there is a vacancy in the North East England region.

 

Getting involved: To become a Peer Reviewer, you must be a current YOT Manager / Head of Service, or an Operational Manager directly line managed by the Head of Service.

All Peer Reviewers receive training (2-day residential course) and must have completed at least one Peer Review before they can be deemed fully qualified.  Please note that in order for a peer reviewer to support other Services with mentoring or coaching etc. it will require further specialist training to be completed.

 

Further questions: If you want to know more, you should go to the AYM website or contact YJB Sector Improvement Partnership Lead Jon Bradnum who will be able to support you.

 

 

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