Assessment Clinic – Sutton YOT (2017)

Summary: Description of Sutton YOTs assessment clinic which they run for children following PSR request or receiving a Court Order. The process supports induction and assessment of children.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a




  • To ensure that children are seen within a few days from Court and to start the assessment process.
  • Support children to meet and become more familiar with the specialist workers and thus more agreeable to ongoing intervention/engagement.




The Assessment Clinic, makes part of the standard process that all new children are required to engage in if a Pre-Sentence Report is requested or if they have received a Youth Conditional Caution or a Referral Order. However, in cases where the child is already known to the YOT but it is felt that there has been a significant change in circumstances, then a review assessment can be booked. Youth Cautions, Triage and Prevention cases are on occasions also referred to the Clinic where specific needs have been identified that may benefit from a specialist assessment.

The Education Worker, Speech and Language Therapist and School Nurse staff the Clinic (although the Parenting Worker and Referral Order Coordinator have also previously attended). The Speech and Language Therapist and Education Worker take 15-30 minutes to complete their assessments and the Nurse around 45 minutes. On average children take around 1.5 hours to complete the three assessments. However it is essential that a balance is struck in regards to how many specialists/screening assessments the child has to engage with and them becoming disengaged with the process. Children are offered breaks and water in between the assessments and where further in-depth assessment or follow up support is required, further appointments will be scheduled.

The Assessment Clinic allows for specialist workers to meet children and complete an assessment and consider any next steps, but it also means that the case manager can focus on interviewing and completing other screenings.



Implementing the Practice:

  • The children are booked into the Clinic by the Court Duty Officer or if the child was sentenced out of borough, the appointment is made by the allocated case manager.
  • The Court Duty Officer or case manager explains the purpose of the Clinic to the child/parent.
  • In Sutton YOT the Clinic takes place on a Tuesday afternoon from 12pm-5pm.
  • Sutton YOT use a google spreadsheet that allows staff to book slots with relevant specialist workers.
  • To support the Clinic, various rooms across the YOT are block booked.
  • Each specialist worker is co-assigned the relevant section on AssetPlus and they complete that section within a week.
  • Sutton YOT has found that there was a slightly better attendance rate when it was straight after court, particularly with parents, where an evening session could potentially increase parental attendance.




Youth Offending Team: Sutton YOT
Name: Angela Killalea