There are three types of custody in which a young person can be placed. They are:
- secure training centres (STCs)
- secure children's homes
- young offender institutions (YOIs).
The YJB is responsible for placing young people in appropriate secure accommodation and setting the standards for these facilities. To help maintain and strengthen family ties for children and young people in custody, we always try, where possible, to locate young people as close to home as possible, both in distance, and in terms of transport links and accessibility.
Assisted family visits...
A form of surveillance, such as tagging, can be part of some sentences. If so, surveillance equipment may need to be installed in the young person’s home with the agreement of a responsible householder, who will often be their parent or carer. The necessary equipment is usually connected to a phone line and checks whether a young person is at home during set times.
If a young person on licence is unable to comply with a court requirement to wear a tag because the householder refuses to allow surveillance equipment to be installed, the accommodation is unlikely to be considered ‘suitable’ under homelessness laws and so the young person will have to live elsewhere.
However, if the young person is on the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance...
Probably the best way to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour is by dealing with the risks known to cause youth offending, while making the most of those things known to reduce the chance of offending, at an early stage.
See also the Government’s Respect website. Supporting prevention programmes and ensuring parents fulfil their responsibilities are central to the Respect Action Plan.
Parenting programmes and orders
If your child becomes involved with the youth justice system or attends a project such as a Youth Inclusion and Support Panel (YISP) or Youth Inclusion Programme (YIP), you may be offered the opportunity to voluntarily attend a parenting programme by the local youth offending team (YOT), if you think...
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