Young offenders institutions


Responsibilities throughout all children or young people’s time in custody

Child’s Plan

The Child’s Plan should move with the child or young person to custody and be the basis for planning during their time in custody. The Lead Professional is responsible for maintaining this plan.

For children subject to Compulsory Supervision Orders (CSOs): for the duration of this Order, the duties detailed under concurrent orders must be fulfilled.


The SPS should make the following arrangements for the child or young person:

All children or young people subject to statutory supervision on release will be referred to prison-based social work.

Children and young people undergo induction to their residential hall and one week induction with the Links Centre to inform them of all aspects of the YOI, roles of certain staff and services that they can access to meet their needs and assist their reintegration.

Families Involvement

Some YOIs offer a family induction session to give family members an understanding of the YOIs routine and answer questions. There can however be issues with the consistency and availability of induction. The Good Practice Guidance for the Support of Families Affected by Imprisonment, the Framework for the support of families affected by the Criminal Justice System and Rendering Them Visible: A Review of Progress Towards Increasing Awareness and Support of Prisoners’ Families provide contains guidance about the content and delivery of family induction sessions.

Initial custody reviews

An initial custody review should be held for all children and young people under the age of 18. The type and timescale for initial custody reviews depends on their legal status:

The purposes of initial custody reviews include:

Reviews should be:

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