How youth justice practitioners should report serious incidents involving children and young people.
Serious and significant incidents in custody
You must report all serious and significant incidents in custody to the Youth Custody Service (YCS) Placements Team by calling its 24-hour telephone number 0345 36 36 36 3.
A serious incident is defined as the death of a child or young person in custody, or while under escort. A significant incident would include one or more of the following:
- serious self-harm
- a serious or life-threatening injury to a visitor or staff
- serious assault where the victim has suffered life threatening injuries
- an action where evidence suggests it may lead to major disorder
- all escapes
- a release in error if this presents a significant risk to the public
- incidents of public, parliamentary or media interest
Serious incidents in the community
From 8 May 2018, the YJB no longer requires local authorities to notify it of new community safeguarding and public protection incidents (CSPPIs). Youth offending teams (YOTs) will be able to access CSPPI pages through the Youth Justice Application Framework until they have put local arrangements in place.
This change will not affect how YOTs send their quarterly data returns to the YJB. If there is a serious incident in the community then local authorities will act according to the following guidance and legislation.
- Working Together to Safeguard Children Department for Education, 2015
- Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, Working Together to Safeguard People
- Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) guidance (2012)
- Serious Further Offences (SFO)
- Local Children’s Homes (England) Regulations (2015)
- The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016