Session Aims and Objectives Presentation of identified factors contributing to the use of custodial and secure remands in ….. Workshop facilitation to share good practice & to generate ideas for improvement, building upon and adding to …….. current performance improvement plans. Agree actions to improve performance & confirm schedule.
Barriers to Improved Performance Persistent & serious offending & PYOs Ineffective early warning systems & appropriate adult scheme Ineffectively targeted Bail Support & Bail ISSP Poor take-up of Bail ISSP at Youth and Crown Court Lack of accommodation that commands court confidence Accommodation resources.
Barriers to Improved Performance (continued) Limited inter-YOT communications in out of area court cases Cross boundary responsibilities Out of hours outcomes Non-youth court days Asylum seekers Fluctuating and unshared police priorities (targeting, charging).
List of Tools Examples of emerging good practice – colleagues in the field Risk of custody priority conversations / panels / meetings Making it Count in Court Toolkit Improving communications with sentencers Improving the quality of court reports Effective remand management strategies Improved performance management systems Robust quality assurance systems.
Bail Support and Supervision Good Practice
National Standards for Bail Support and Supervision. The following are laid down in National Standards as “must do”: Make contact with the young person within 1 working day of the court hearing; Where the young person is under the age of 16, make contact with their parent/carers within one working day of the court hearing; BSS programme must of a minimum of 3 contacts per week, at least one of which must address issues raised by the assessment; Home visits must take place on a monthly basis; Failure to comply must be followed up within 24 hours; In the case of 2 unacceptable failures to comply, breach proceedings must be instigated.
National Standards for Bail ISS The following are laid down in National Standards as “must do’s”: Provide a minimum of 25 hours contact per week including evenings and weekends; Ensure the Bail ISS package includes the core elements; Failure to comply must be followed up within 24 hours; In the case of 2 unacceptable failures to comply, breach proceedings must be instigated.
Suggested Good Practice Models Pre – Court Practice:- Custody Panels Clear protocol and link with police re young people held overnight. Accommodation available: –Remand foster carers; –Pre paid beds in accommodation provider.
Suggested Good Practice Models At Court Practice:- Full and robust assessment to carried out by an experienced worker; A written report is produced from the assessment and addresses the objections to bail; Where bail is not given the reasons are recorded so they can be addressed for the next hearing; Bail review reports to keep the court informed;
Suggested Good Practice Models Bail Supervision Programmes:- A bail contract signed by young person, parent/ carer and worker; 3 face to face contacts per week (at least 2 with responsible YOT officer); 1 home visit per week to maintain contact with parent/carer; Other elements need to reference the assessment e.g. ETE, substance misuse; Enforcement action is swift when a young person breaches.
Suggested Good Practice Models Saturday and Occasional Courts:- Protocol in place with courts to ensure youth magistrate available for all Saturday and occasional courts; Trained staff cover each court that is running; Appropriate MIS available to workers in the court; Appropriate resources available to workers outside the court e.g. accommodation etc; Management over sight available on the day.
Exercise: Action planning Split in to …… groups of 3. You have 10 minutes to word storm on a flipchart: What is working well? What problems are being addressed? What problems remain to be addressed? You have 20 minutes to choose 3 problems and discuss What are the barriers to overcoming the problems What are the priority actions?
Suggested priority actions PRIORITY ONE PRIORITY TWO PRIORITY THREE
Action Plan ObjectiveActionBy WhomBy WhenComms Plan
Next Steps Complete action plan Implement action plan. Set a date to review.