Our Practice in Manchester

Manchester Youth Justice Service


With our Young People, the basis for any successful intervention is a meaningful relationship based on trust and reciprocity - so that children feel free to ask questions and seek support; with Partners, at the centre of our multi agency approach to coordinating holistic interventions for children and their families and with Staff who are given the tools they need to improve effectiveness of working in collaboration with our hardest to reach children & families.

With partners, as our multi agency approach to coordinating holistic interventions and support for children and their families and with partners - recognising the strengths and resources in the community and with the whole family, to ensure a whole family approach.

Making positive change in behaviours, improving problem solving, keeping people safe and driving positive outcomes by giving children the opportunities they deserve to become independent and realise their ambitions, with a focus on employment, education and training and continuous professional reflection for service improvement.


  • We value our relationships with children, young people, their families and our partners, 
  • We are trauma informed, strengths based and solution focused in our practice.
  • We are safety focused promoting the welfare of those we work with. 
  • Community focused and informed. 


  • We work with ambition for our young people and their families and with our partners.. 
  • We co-design restorative solutions with young people and their families through creativity, ambition and a professional curiosity. Seeking to understand each young person and what will work for them to build their resilience, promote their health and wellbeing.
  • We embrace challenge and change with a vision for excellence in every day practice.

A forward thinking, relationship focused service that is driven by creating opportunities that inspire our children's aspirations. 

It’s the way that we do things, not a thing that we do... 

Partnership Working

Referral Order Panel/ Volunteer Coordinator 

YJ Management 

YJ Business Support Officer 

YJ Information Officer

Virtual Schools 

Bail Support Team/ Court Team 

Intensive Supervision & Surveillance Team 


Probation Service 

Drama Therapist

Out of Court Assessment Intervention Team

Speech & Language Therapist

ISS Education Mentor 

Remedi Community Reparation Team

Careers Connect

Police Officer

Eclypse & CGL

YJ Support Officer 

Education Officer





YJ Officer 

Young Fathers



Complex Safeguarding Hub

Social Workers

Educational Psychologists

Childrens Society 

Leaving Care Service

Alonzi House


Multisystemic Therapy

Federation Schools


Early Help


Xcaliber Taskforce

Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise

Pupil Referral Units

Manchester Young Lives



Community Safety Partnership

Street Law, Inc

The Manchester College

Princes Trust

Manchester Young Lives




Manchester Metropolitan University


Youth Service




YJ co-located team

YJ multi-agency partnerships 

Youth Justice System

Early Intervention

Early Help and prevention work

Child / YP 

aged 10 - 17yrs enters Youth Justice System

Voluntary support

Out of Court Disposal Panel

Youth Conditional Caution

Youth Caution

Community Resolution

Pre Sentence


First listing


Conditional Bail

ISS Bail



Unconditional Bail

Court Sentence

Referral Order

Detention & Training Order

Section 90/91 Through Care

Youth Rehabilitation Order


ISS Extend

Section 266b Custody




ISS Lisence



ISS Licence

Voluntary support programs available at the end of all formal intervention programs.

Youth Justice, Youth Court and Custody 


YJ work with CS, Education & Health to design bespoke bail packages that provide assurance to Courts that the YP can be safely supervised in the community.

A young person appears in Court & the remand threshold has been met:

  • Court bail (return to court for hearing)
  • Bail support package (curfew, contacts, signing on etc)
  • ISS Bail (intensive package of support, direct alternative to remand)
  • Remand to custody or LA care. 



Resettlement is about preparing children for their reintegration into the community and have the confidence and right support to access the opportunities available to realise their aspirations and thrive.  


MYJ take a multi-agency approach to coordinating assessments to inform credible, high quality pre-sentence reports. Explaining  why we are seeing the presenting behaviours, usually as a result of a child’s lived experience, assures the sentancers that the intervention packages we are presenting are safe, reformative & inclusive. 

A YJ worker visits a YP within 5 days of their remand to offer support & assess their safety and wellbeing.

Custody Key Worker

Social Work

Health CAHMS


YJ Case Worker

Parent / Carer


The key to resettlement is planning this from the point of sentence.


Every child who is sentenced to custody has a professional, multi-agency resettlement planning meeting within the first 30 days of sentence. All custodial sentences in MYJ have strategic management oversight through the Edge of Care Panel (throughout custody & resettlement).

Every child who is sentenced to custody has a professional, multi-agency resettlement planning meeting within the first 30 days of sentence. All custodial sentences in MYJ have strategic management oversight through the Edge of Care Panel (throughout custody & resettlement).




Pre sentence, a holistic assessment of the child’s wellbeing informs the placement recommendation. Post custody sentencing, court staff further assess its impact, any immediate safeguarding issues and the well-being of the child to reinforce the choice of custodial establishment. 


The YJ Case Manager continues to develop the trusted relationship with the child during their period in custody. The YP is seen by YJ within 10 days & a Sentence Planning Meeting is held to plan a bespoke package of  interventions. Whilst national standards stipulate a custody review meeting should take place every three months, MYJ’s frequency of contact is responsive to the risks/ needs of the child. These are multi-agency interventions (see opposite). Children have the opportunity to achieve positive outcomes around their education, confidence, family and health    to be supported to be safe whilst in custody.

Although we believe that delivering interventions in the community is the most effective way to support our young people, there are behaviours that result in children being sentenced to periods in custody. 

MMU & YJYP Participation Framework

Our award winning Young Person’s Participation Engagement Framework underpins our approach to delivering interventions. Developed in 2017, the framework is guided by eight youth led principles. Each principle based on the views of young people and supported by academic evidence in a collaborative study undertaken by MMU Youth Studies Department. True Participation is“What do we need to do, let’s decide together”and puts the child at the centre of their intervention planning, giving them a say on how to address their behaviours.

Developed by: Stephen Brock, M.S.W., Social Work Consultant. 

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