Implement an escalation procedure in the secure estate to ensure a referral is made to the advocacy service if suitable accommodation on release is not in place for the young person at the release preparation meeting. 80. Education, Employment and training A greater range of education and employment courses need to be made available to children whilst in custody. Release on Temporary License (ROTL) should be used more frequently for children to have ‘taster’ days at colleges and employment programmes. All children within the secure estate should receive careers advice and support including community-based programmes such as Princes Trust schemes. Children who have offended should be prioritised for government sponsored and endorsed apprenticeship schemes and other real opportunities for work. Children with diagnosed health difficulties should have access to evidence based support to help them maintain their employment placements. 81. Health
Children must be properly supported during early years to avoid unnecessary and costly drifts into custody. When they are sentenced to custody their holistic health needs must be comprehensively assessed at entry with good quality screening tools. They should receive evidence based support for their health inequalities whilst in custody which is integrated with that being provided for their multiple needs. On release, children should be fast tracked into integrated services (planned prior to release) which allow children and their families to capitalise on gains made whilst in custody. Good quality training and tools must be made available to GP commissioning consortia to ensure these children and families with the highest needs receive continuous high quality care on release. These children and families often don’t engage effectively with primary care services and who pose the highest costs to the public purse in the longer term if not properly supported, 82. Substance misuse Ensure that there is a continuity of community based service provision for those in need of substance misuse services as part of an overall package of post-custodial support. This will involve a high degree of information sharing between custodial support services, community services, social worker and the YOT case manager. 83. Family The government should consider developing a long-term strategy to support the families of children in the secure estate and invest in good quality interventions such as family group conferencing and multi-systemic therapy. The learning from programmes to support foster carers to divert children from custody should be used to train and support foster carers who are supporting children and young people who have been in custody. 84. Finance, Benefits & Debt Children leaving custody should be provided with comprehensive information and support to access benefits 85. Payment by Results
Serious consideration should be given to the issues and concerns raised by the Standing Committee of Youth Justice on PBR and no nationwide model of PBR should be rolled out until there is a thorough independent evaluation of the current pilot.
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