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15.4 Review and Closure

YOUTH JUSTICE STANDARDS

Case and intervention plan to be reviewed with supervision every three months.

Young persons sentenced to custody will have a multi-agency meeting held and a welfare plan will be completed involving all relevant services within one month of sentencing. A discharge plan will be completed prior to release and voluntary support offered for three months after release.

Closure summary feedback to the judiciary along with a review Asset completed with the young person to be completed one month after final contact.

RELATED CHAPTERS

Orders and Sentences Procedure

Assessment and Planning Procedure

Intervention and Programs Procedure

Working with Young People Under Orders Procedure

RELEVANT GUIDANCE

Overview of Orders

Standards for Youth Justice Team


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Review of Risk
  3. Review Meetings
  4. Early Revocation of Order
  5. Final Review
  6. Closure


1. Introduction

1.1 Reviews should be conducted of all community-based and custodial sentences.
1.2 Allocated workers should ensure they carry out an interim review at least every three months or sooner if there is a significant change in circumstances. They should review the intervention plan in light of all other available information and consider whether there are any factors which indicate that the level of intervention should be increased or decreased. An example of this might be where a young person had committed a particularly serious offence but was assessed by the allocated worker to be of low likelihood of re-offending or low risk of serious harm to others. Any proposed changes to the initial intervention level should be justifiable and discussed/agreed with a manager, with the reasons for doing so clearly recorded.
1.3 The child or young person, their parents/carers and other professionals should be involved and engaged in all reviews.


2. Review of Risk

2.1

The allocated worker must facilitate a discussion on how any new information or changes in the young person's circumstances impact on assessments of:

  • Risk of re-offending;
  • Risk of serious harm to others;
  • Risk of harm to themselves and from others.
2.2 Where it is agreed that there is an amendment to the child or young person's risk of re-offending, there may be a need to amend or add to the objectives in the intervention plan.


3. Review Meetings

3.1 The young person and their parents/carers should be actively engaged in the review process and given the opportunity to provide their views. The intervention plan should be revised, where necessary, and communicated clearly to the child or young person, their parents/carers and any other professionals involved.
3.2

Review meetings provide a structured forum to bring together all relevant individuals and information to:

  • Review any new information and changes in circumstances that have come to light since the previous meeting and consider the implications for any risk assessments - re-offending; serious harm to others; and harm to themselves and from others;
  • Ensure that the intervention plan is being implemented as agreed, and review the young person's progress against their objectives and targets;
  • Identify and review arrangements that are in place as part of the order or required for the young person's release, including reviewing the progress made by the allocated worker and/or Children’s Services to make arrangements;
  • Agree to amendments to the intervention plan in light of the discussions above;
  • Consider whether the child or young person is suitable for early release from custody, or by applying to the court for early revocation.


4. Early Revocation of Order

4.1 The young person or allocated worker can make an application to court to have an existing Supervision Order revoked. This can be for seeking revocation for good progress with the order or because of other reasons. If the application is dismissed, unless directed by the court no further application can be made for three months.


5. Final Review

5.1 Final reviews should be carried out prior to the end of the order and should review achievements as well as identifying any outstanding issues. The review should be attended by the young person, their parents/carers and any other professionals involved. Where there are outstanding issues, the allocated worker should make arrangements for referring the child or young person to these services as appropriate. The child or young person and their parents/carers should be given an opportunity to give their feedback on the final review.


6. Closure

6.1 The allocated worker should prepare a closing summary for the case file, indicating what progress has been made during the course of the intervention, what has worked particularly well and outstanding areas that might be addressed in future work. 

YOUTH JUSTICE STANDARD

Closure summary feedback to the judiciary along with a review Asset completed with the young person to be completed one month after final contact.


6.2 Where appropriate, and the young person and his or her parents / carers are in agreement, the allocated worker should attempt to make arrangements to ensure that there is ongoing support to the young person, on a voluntary basis, through referral to other relevant agencies or by providing the young person and his or her parents or carers information about local service providers.  
6.3 A summary of the case should be presented to the judiciary as feedback.

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