Beyond Youth Custody

Positive practice

How the approaches of resettlement projects are having a positive impact on the lives of young custody leavers.


iCoN clinically-led outreach trauma service

iCoN provide a clinically-led outreach trauma service to young people who have experienced trauma

Buckinghamshire Youth Offending Service

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Staff at Buckinghamshire Youth Offending Service used pictures as a platform for discussion about the new environment that John was being released to. This imaginative approach, along with other support helped eased John’s transition into the community

Clayfields House Secure Children’s Home – Transition planning from custody to the community

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Clayfields House is a mixed gender secure residential children’s home with 18 places available for children up to the age of 17

Future 4 Me

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The Future 4 Me project, run by the charity 1625 Independent People, supports some of these vulnerable children and young people in the West of England. Their unique approach is to ‘walk with them’ through their transitions into adulthood

Specialist Brain Injury Linkworker Service, The Disabilities Trust Foundation

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The Disabilities Trust Foundation’s Specialist Brain Injury Linkworker Service provides tailored one-to-one support to individuals identified as having a brain injury

Within My Reach, Pact (Wales)

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The Within My Reach programme addresses relationships and is delivered in HMPs Swansea, Cardiff and Usk/Prescoed

Safe Ground, Father Figures at HMYOI Brinsford

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Building on their Family Man and Fathers Inside programmes, Safe Ground has created Father Figures for younger dads in custody

NEPACS, Family Support Workers in HM YOI Deerbolt

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NEPACS supports prisoner resettlement and works to minimise the damage that offenders’ imprisonment causes to their families

Acorn House, HMP YOI Askham Grange

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Acorn House facilitates overnight family visits allowing them to become confident in their familial roles and more positive about their release and resettlement

Invisible Walls Wales, HMP Parc

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Invisible Walls uses Family Intervention Mentors to provide intensive support to a small number of families with complex needs

Carney’s Community

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Carney’s Community was set up in 2011 to support young people at risk of offending. Young people are referred to Carney’s Community by YOTs, the police, probation, social services and schools. The service aims to support young people

SOS project, St Giles Trust

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A project which has been able to manage difficulties and make necessary adaptations, whilst establishing itself as a credible resettlement project for gang-involved young people, is St Giles Trust’s SOS Project in London

Supporting Prisoners from Gypsy, Traveller and Romany Communities, HMP Ford

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Prisoners of Gypsy, Traveller and Romany heritage are encouraged to be proud of their culture, and to share it with the wider prison population at HMP Ford

The development of Prison Equality Mentors, HMP Grendon

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Prisoner Equality Mentors form part of the fabric of HMP Grendon’s therapeutic community

Criminal justice resettlement work at Nilaari, Bristol

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Bristol based Nilaari ‘operate on a shoe string’ but offer intensive resettlement support

Guess Who? Stereotype workshop, Re-Formed

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The Guess Who? stereotype workshop was developed by Black, female, ex-offenders Kemi and Natasha Ryan of Liverpool’s Re-formed

Black Self-Development Programme

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The Black Self-Development Programme is a culturally specific course which has now been running in prisons for a decade

Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust

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Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust supports young men leaving HMYOI Feltham. They run a through-the-gate mentoring service using volunteer mentors from the communities to which the young men are returning

Salaam Peace, London

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Founded in 2009, Salaam Peace is a community organisation which operates in two London Boroughs. Using sport as a hook, the team promote the positive elements of Islam and develop community cohesion and pride

Zahid Mubarek Trust, London

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In 2000, 19-year-old Zahid Mubarek was murdered in HMYOI Feltham. The Zahid Mubarek Trust promotes access to justice, human rights and the rule of law through monitoring, campaigning and advocacy

Date Palm Project

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The Date Palm project uses a psychologically informed approach to working with young people that takes into account aspects of their faith to help them repair emotionally and spiritually

Moving On, London

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How the Moving On project is putting principles of effective resettlement with girls and young women into practice.

Positive Futures, New Horizon Youth Centre

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Developing a gender responsive approach within a mixed service.

The Together Women Project (TWP)

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Developing a women-only space.

Clayfields House, Nottinghamshire

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Nationwide referrals are accepted for some of the most vulnerable and potentially dangerous young people with the widest range of complex needs imaginable.

The Keppel Unit, Wetherby YOI

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Frontline staff volunteer to work on the unit and receive enhanced training to promote mental health for children in a secure setting.

ADAPT, Salford

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Julia Pennington, Operations Manager from the Salford Foundation, describes how staff on the ADAPT project develop effective relationships with participants.

Reaching Your Potential (RYP), YMCA DownsLink Group

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The project has developed a participatory approach through a strong focus on engaging young people in the design and delivery of its work.

Safe Hands, Everton

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Sue Gregory, Safe Hands Manager, describes how the project structure enables participants to develop through the journey of engagement.

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