The Youth Justice SEND Project brings together Achievement for All (AfA), the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers (AYM) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to form a powerful partnership to transform outcomes for young people who offend, or are at risk of doing so, and who have special educational needs, through supporting professionals to bring about a culture and behaviour change around effective SEND joint working.

Our end goal, with your help, is to create a more supportive system, facilitated by knowledgeable professionals who will identify and meet the needs of all children and young people, allowing more effective engagement and more positive long term outcomes.

Since April 2016, we have:

  • Run workshops around the country and trained over 300 professionals (and counting) working with young people within the youth justice system, spanning 80 Local Authorities.  
  • Developed and launched a free online learning resource, The Youth Justice SEND Bubble  What is the Youth Justice SEND Bubble?
  • Surveyed current practice around young people with SEND who are part of the youth justice system, gaining input from 86 youth offending teams, which cover at least 92 Local Authority areas.

What next?

The Department for Education has granted a one year project extension to enable the work begun to be continued and developed further. This is wonderful news. Our Advisory Group has been really helpful shaping how we can move the project forward. If you or your team have thoughts or ideas for Bubble content, areas of concern or have resources that you would like others to be able to download and use, please get in touch with the project team.  Contact us at:

Youth Justice SEND project Resource Hub