Links

www.communicationhelppoint.org.uk
The Speech Language and Communication Framework (SLCF) is a clear, comprehensive framework of the speech, language and communication skills and knowledge needed by anyone who works with children and young people. Follow the link to complete the online framework.

www.actionforchildren.org.uk/content/663/Our-services
Follow the link above to the Target Youth Support pages of Action for Children's website. Here you will find information, resources and links to other useful websites.

www.aopm.co.uk
The Association of Panel Members aim to embed capacity in the criminal justice system for community volunteers to contribute to social cohesion by developing positive citizenship between generations, and establishing partnership links with local providers of care or support, to fully address the deficits in young people’s needs, which can lead to their criminal behaviour.

Community Panel Members are two or three members of the community who sit on a Youth Offending Team (YOT) panel meeting, which follow agreed formats and ground rules to discuss with a young person and their parent/carer the impact of their offence on the victim, their parent(s) and the community. They negotiate a contract with the young person and monitor it for the duration of the order, deal with breaches and prepare reports for the court as required.

www.aym.org.uk
The Association of Youth Offending Team Managers (AYM) is the professional association for heads of Youth Offending Services and managers in Youth Offending Teams in England and Wales.
Their members run services providing community-based supervision for children and young people who offend. They also work closely with staff in secure units and young offender institutions to ensure that young people in custody have as smooth a transition as possible back in to the community.

www.catch-22.org.uk
Catch22 is a national charity that works with young people who find themselves in difficult situations. They work with their families and their communities in schools, on the streets, in the home, at community centres, shopping centres, in police stations, and in custody.

www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk
The Centre for Mental Health works to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems by influencing policy and practice in mental health and related services. It focuses on criminal justice and employment, with supporting work on broader mental health and public policy.

www.counselling-directory.org.uk

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. To ensure the professionalism of our website, all counsellors have provided us with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body

www.crimeandjustice.org.uk
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is an independent charity that informs and educates about all aspects of crime and the criminal justice system.

www.CYPNow.co.uk
The website of Children and Young People Now, CYPNow.co.uk is a site for multi-agency professionals who need to be kept up-to-date with news and information across children and youth services. It provides the latest news, analysis and opinion on crime prevention, antisocial behaviour, restorative justice, custodial interventions, and effective resettlement.

www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk
Dyslexia Action is a national charity that improves lives through education. They are the UK’s leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties and specialise in assessments, teaching and training. They also develop and distribute teaching materials and undertake research. Dyslexia Action have 25 centres and 97 teaching locations around the UK.

www.homeoffice.gov.uk
Information about the Home Office’s work to reduce youth crime and improve the youth justice system in order to build safer communities and to tackle the problem of social exclusion.

www.jan-net.co.uk
Jan-net is a system of networks which includes a UK Forensic and Learning Disabilities Network aimed at practitioners and people with an interest in people with learning disability in secure settings, in or at risk of contact with the Criminal Justice System

www.justice.gov.uk/publications/statistics.htm
A range of statistics published by the Ministry of Justice including statistics around Youth Justice.

Making it Count in Court toolkit
To help support Making It Count In Court, the Youth Justice Board and HM Court Service have put together a toolkit that aims to assist areas to review and improve the effectiveness of local arrangements for dealing with young people in the criminal court.
The toolkit, to be used in conjunction with the Making It Count In Court guidance, provides practical guidance and templates to assist areas to maximise the effectiveness of the pre-court, at court and post-court experience for young people.

www.nacro.org.uk
Nacro's aim is to reduce crime by changing lives. They work with the most disadvantaged people, offenders and those at risk of offending, to help them find positive alternatives to crime and to achieve their full potential in society.

www.outoftrouble.org.uk
Out of Trouble is a Prison Reform Trust campaign which is working to reduce the number of children and young people who are imprisoned in the UK. The website gives up-to-date information on the campaign to reduce child and youth imprisonment, including publications and information on what people can do to make a difference, as well as all the latest youth justice news and statistics.

www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk
The Prison Reform Trust believes that the state of our prisons is a fair measure of the state of society. It works to ensure prisons are just, humane and effective.

www.sebda.org

SEBDA is the Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association. It's members include teachers, educational psychologists, education officers, social care, youth and mental health professionals who work with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. SEBDA supports it members with up-to-date information and provides specialist training.

www.skillsforjustice.com
The Sector Skills Council and Standards Setting Body for the Justice sector. Across the UK, Skills for Justice help justice and community safety employers to identify their skills and workforce development needs, and provide high quality solutions.

Follow this link to subscribe to their e-bulletin which provides up to the minute details of their latest products, projects and developments, as well as news from across the Justice sector: www.skillsforjustice.com/ebrief

www.t2a.org.uk
The Transition to Adulthood Alliance is a broad coalition of organisations and individuals working to improve the life chances of young people in their transition to adulthood, who are at risk of committing crime and falling into the criminal justice system.

www.howardleague.org/u-r-boss/
U R Boss

The Howard League for Penal Reform. Funded by the Big Lottery for 5 years, U R Boss provides a national programme of participation opportunities and support for young people.

U R Boss will; Enhance the legal service being provided by the Howard League for Penal Reform to children and young people in the penal system and those recently released into the community; Campaign to change national and local policy and practice in the statutory and voluntary sectors working with children and young people; Change public attitudes to children and young people in the penal system; and Come up with new ideas about children and young people in the penal system

The ethos of U R Boss is to work with young people and give them a voice.

Working with victims - emerging practice in restorative justice
The Youth Justice Board have established a restorative justice network of 11 YOTs to record local practice and make it available nationally

YMCA – Youth Justice in Action
YMCA is running the Youth Justice in Action (YJIA) in England, where young people and local YMCAs are working together to change the debate about young people in this country.

www.yjb.gov.uk
The YJB oversees the youth justice system in England and Wales. They work to prevent offending and reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18, and to ensure that custody for them is safe, secure, and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6449511.stm
‘Communication skills 'cut re-offending' ‘
BBC News story May 2007.

http://www.cypnow.co.uk/Archive/1036792/Youth-Justice-Autistic-criminal/
'Autistic or criminal?' In an article for Children and Young People Now, Rowena Davis asks how well prepared the criminal justice system is for identifying young people with mental health conditions.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/dec/07/ex-offenders-drug-users-westminster-policy-makers
'What happened when young offenders took their views to Westminster?' - Guardian article about 30 young offenders meeting MPs and policy makers in a bid to shape government policy.

http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/announcement110111a.htm
'Probation officer makes a difference' - An interesting look at a day in the life of a probation officer.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8473807.stm

The BBC take an inside look at East Moor Secure Children's Home