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SIRCC Conference 2019 Workshop 2 Responding to offending in residential care: Next Steps Project


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by CYCJ and Aberlour Child Care Trust

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SIRCC Conference 2019 Workshop 2 Responding to offending in residential care: Next Steps Project

  1. 1. Responding to Offending in Residential Childcare-Learning and implications for practice from the Next Steps project Debbie Nolan (CYCJ) and John Ryan (Aberlour) SIRCC Conference 4 June 2019
  2. 2. Hello and Welcome Aims of session • To highlight learning gained from the Next Steps project • To discuss the practical implementation of these findings • Opportunity to reflect on practice in your own organisation
  3. 3. CYCJ Theory of Change Children & young people flourish Practice and policy improvements Practice Development Research Knowledge Exchange Advice, peer support, consultancy support, trying out initiatives, guidance, toolkits, training, supporting change projects New knowledge, synthesising research evidence, evaluating initiatives, supporting evidence use Capturing knowledge, promoting sharing, disseminating, improving access & accessibility, integrating forms of knowledge
  4. 4. Longstanding concern “…most local authorities ‘do not have regular and systematic processes for measuring the profile of incidents within residential units and offending in the community by this group’” (Scottish Executive, 2006) “…are more likely to have been reported to police – and therefore to attract a criminalising state response – than Scotland‘s child population in general” (Scottish Government, 2018) SPS Prisoner survey
  5. 5. Why this matters
  6. 6. Between a rock and a hard place
  7. 7. The Next Steps Project-Aims • Improving the support available locally to residential staff in decision making • Increasing opportunities for building relationships between police and residential staff and with young people (and highlighting the potential unintended consequences of current methods of doing so) • Increasing the availability of information to professionals and young people about the youth and criminal justice system • Improving local and national multi-agency data collection regarding the numbers of looked after children being criminalised with the aim of reducing these numbers
  8. 8. The Next Steps Project-Activities • Improvement methodology to identify areas for improvement, develop tests of change and implement change • Discussions with and support to national organisations • Sharing the learning
  9. 9. Relationships
  10. 10. A Joined -up Approach
  11. 11. Multi-agency Principles • Inform processes and decision making • Establish common goals • Reduce unnecessary criminalisation • Support police contact being the option of last resort • Proportionate and non-punitive responses • Understanding behaviour • Encourage thoughtful and considered police contact • Encourage use of alternative resolution approaches and diversion • Support through the system
  12. 12. Supporting the Workforce
  13. 13. Data
  14. 14. Aberlour’s Sycamore Services Every Child Deserves the Chance to Flourish Why do we criminalise children we love?
  15. 15. Every Child Deserves the Chance to Flourish • Aberlour’s vision is to give every child the chance to flourish &, through this, contribute to building a fairer and more equal society. • Our care homes in Scotland • Our service vision is to provide a loving home where everyone laughs, learns, grows into their future, and is treasured always. A bit about us
  16. 16. Every Child Deserves the Chance to Flourish • Children aged 16 and 17 living in children’s homes are 15 times more likely to be criminalised than other children of the same age. Instead of being criminalised, these children need acceptance, stability, affection, help and support (Howard League). • What did this mean for us? • The importance of relationships with Police Scotland. Our Damascus Moment
  17. 17. Every Child Deserves the Chance to Flourish • The flying strawberry. • The broken door • Our commitment to building a culture of support: Changing cultures Managing Referrals Speaking to children & rethinking restraint Practice Profiling Consultation Supervision Some case examples
  18. 18. •What is currently working well in your experience? •What could be improved? •How •Feedback