Voluntary Intervention Plans
Youth Justice Service must undertake an assessment of the young person within 10 working days of referral. The assessment must be based on ASSET and should include a home visit where possible.
All assessments must consider the needs of the victim and plans will include consideration of restorative processes and Direct or Indirect Reparation.
The assessment must be concluded and the Voluntary Intervention Plan produced within 5 working days.
Any decision to discontinue the assessment as a result of non-compliance must only be taken after two failed appointments. The assessment should inform any intervention programme and the intensity should be aligned to the risk of re-offending.
Where the assessment reveals the person represents a serious risk of harm to him/herself or others, plans must be agreed with the Youth Justice Service manager and other key agencies to manage the risk in line with any local procedures.
They will take account of plans made for the young person by other agencies (eg Social Services, Education, Health).
Intervention will be proportionate and based upon the needs identified through the assessment.
All VIPs should, where appropriate, be given in the presence of parent/carer/guardian. The plan should be discussed, agreed and signed by the young person and his/her parent(s)/carer(s).
The case must be closed when reasonable attempts have been made to get the young person to complete the programme. The case should record the outcome.
A final ASSET should be completed when an intervention programme is concluded.
Information about the outcome of the Intervention Plan should be made available to the Tribunal or Court where the young person re-offends.
|Receive notification from the police regarding arrest and status of young person.||YJS officer||Electronic Records||Within 24 hours of Offence|
|Pass notification to admin.||YJS officer||Electronic Records||Within 24 hours|
|Input notification information.||Administrator/information officer||Electronic Records||Within 24 hours|
|Open an intervention screen where a final warning is indicated (this constitutes the date of referral).||Administrator/information officer||Electronic Records||Within 24 hours|
|YJS receives the referral - is it an appropriate case?||YJS||Electronic Records||Within 3 days|
|Complete an ASSET assessment.||YJS||Electronic Records||Within 10 days of referral|
|If young person has committed a sexual offence ensure a strategy meeting has taken place during assessment process.||YJS / IAT / Police||Electronic Records||N/A|
|Begin to work on an intervention plan||YJS||Electronic Records||Within 15 daysof referral|
|Case manage interventions to include appropriate referrals to other agencies.||YJS Officer||Electronic Records|
|Where programme consists of more than one contact update ASSET at end of programme||YJS Officer||Electronic Records|
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- Youth Offending
- Children with Disabilities