Assessment Clinic – Sutton YOT

 Age:  10-17
 Sex:  n/a
 Cost:  n/a




  • To ensure that young people are seen within a few days from Court and to start the assessment process
  • Support young people 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 young people 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 young person 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 young people 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 young person has to engage with and them becoming disengaged with the process. Young people 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 young people 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 young people are booked into the Clinic by the Court Duty Officer or if the young person 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 young person/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 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.




YOT: Sutton Youth Offending Team
Name: Angela Killalea


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