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

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.

Youth Justice System

Youth Justice Youth Court and Custody 

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

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. 




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.


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.

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. 



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.


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. 


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).

Custody Key Worker

Social Work

Health CAHMS


YJ Case Worker

Parent / Carer



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

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


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