There is a strong two-way relationship between the SEND Team and Youth Justice professionals, underpinned by focussed panel meetings, rigorous monitoring of performance and a profound commitment to meeting the needs of identified children and young people. The Youth Offending Team sits within Family Services, further strengthening provision as and when vulnerabilities and risks are identified.
Co-located specialists (for example Speech and Language Therapist, Education Psychologist, Family Therapist, CAMHS Nurse) support diagnostic and remedial provision, as well as the development of knowledge and skills across the whole team. Practice is further strengthened through the use of the Achievement for All Youth Justice SEND Bubble, team training in the ARC (Attachment Regulation and Competency) framework and, most recently, participation in the Systemic Assessment Tool pilot project (aimed at developing strength-based and solution-focussed approaches that will ultimately build trust and reduce reoffending behaviours).
In terms of strategic support and commissioning arrangements, the Youth Crime Partnership Board functions as the YOT Management Board, addressing provision, reviewing performance and holding partners to account (rightly rated outstanding in a recent HMPI inspection in Domain 1- Organisational Delivery). Strong informed relationships with CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and NHS England ensure co-located provision is maintained and developed: RBKC is committed to identifying needs and vulnerabilities early, which includes children at risk of permanent exclusion.
Youth Justice SEND Quality Lead status is richly deserved.