Young offenders institutions

Sentence planning & case management


The Personal Officer will complete a Positive Futures Plan (PFP) with all children and young people. This is a strengths-based information gathering tool focusing on how the child or young person will spend their time in custody working towards release.

An individual support plan will be developed, which will be realised through engagement with a variety of services including programmes staff, parenting officers, family contact officers, educationalists, youth work, counselling and third sector partners. The support plan will be shared with the Lead Professional and should form part of the Child's Plan.

Case management

Integrated Case Management (ICM) is a process where other agencies work with the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to give children or young people in custody help and support to deal with their social or personal difficulties so that they are less likely to reoffend when they are released.

All children and young people are managed under ICM but are separated into categories according to sentence type or length:

Standard ICM

Enhanced ICM

For those few children and young people in HMP & YOI Cornton Vale and Grampian, similar processes are adopted.

For children and young people subject to an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR)

During the child or young person’s sentence, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) act as the Lead Authority. The child or young person must have a Case Manager from the YOI who is responsible for undertaking risk assessments and preparing the Risk Management Plan (RMP). The RMP must be prepared by the Lead Authority and submitted to the Risk Management Authority for approval within nine months of sentence.

Families Involvement

Families often want to be aware of the child or young person’s throughcare plans and may be able to provide support.

The Good Practice Guidance for the Support of Families Affected by Imprisonment suggests that:

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