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Support for Children / Young People with SEN Leaving Custody

Support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities released from custody.

All young people who are released from custody are subject to a period of supervision on licence by the Youth Offending Service (YOS).

In Liverpool, the Youth Offending Service has dedicated Education, Training and Employment (ETE) workers who liaise with custodial institutions.

The ETE worker ensures that full information, concerning a young person’s educational needs, is known when they initially go in to custody.

All young people entering custody undergo an educational assessment of literacy and numeracy which may include a screening for special educational needs. The information from the ETE workers, together with the assessment, enables the custodial institution to develop an individual learning plan for each young person.

If a young person entering custody has an Education, Health and Care plan the local authority will liaise with the custodial institution to make sure that the provision in the plan is delivered as far as possible.

On release from custody, ETE workers receive a summary and handover report detailing progress in subject areas and outcomes achieved during custody. The ETE worker will share this report with the school/college/training provider that the young person returns to.

The following services are located in the YOS and are available to support all young people:

  • Substance misuse workers
  • ETE workers
  • Connexions worker
  • General health nurses
  • CAMHS specialist provision
  • Offending behaviour provision
  • Sports and activities
  • Mentoring

If a young person leaving custody has an Education, Health and Care Plan, the local authority, the ETE worker, the young person and their parent, together with the custodial institution should meet to review the young person’s needs to ensure appropriate provision is available on release.