How the Youth Custody Service places a young person in custody, and how to question a placement decision.
Applies to England and Wales
When a child or young person under 18 is remanded or sentenced to custody, the Youth Custody Service (YCS) decides where they should be placed. This will be either at a secure training centre, secure children’s home or under-18 young offender institution.
The placement decision is based on the information provided by youth offending teams (YOTs). The YCS’s Placement Team will contact YOTs to make sure the needs, risks and circumstances of each young person have been taken into account.
Read thefor an overview of the main responsibilities and activities of the Youth Custody Service (YCS) Placements Service.
If the young person has broken a civil injunction then the YCS follows the relevant.
Notify the YCS Placement Team
YOTs should notify the YCS Placement Team as soon as the young person is sentenced.
To do this, the YOT should complete the:
- AssetPlus full stage
- AssetPlus custody module
When the YOT has done this, it should send all the forms to the YCS Placement Team using Connectivity, the secure system that YOTs use to share information..
Appealing a Placement or Placement Review Decision
If you have a concern about an initial placement or placement review decision, please refer to the followingescalation process.
How to request a transfer or placement review
The YCS carries out placement reviews to decide whether a transfer is required for a child or young person.
YOTs can ask for one if they are responsible for a child or young person and:
- their circumstances change
- there is a risk or issue with their current placement
To request a transfer, the YOT should read theand then:
- convene a multi-disciplinary meeting to establish how risk can be managed or reduced
- complete the
- refer to the document for support on completing this form.
- email it to the Placement Review team at YCSTransfers@justice.gsi.gov.uk
Other people can ask for a transfer but only the YOT and/or staff at the establishment where the child is placed should contact the YCS Placement Team.
The YCS Placement Team makes the final decision in the best interests of the child or young person after carefully considering all of the information available and opinions stated.
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