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Library of Effective Approaches

Purpose of the library

The purpose of the Library of Effective Approaches collection is to:

  • provide practitioners and commissioners in youth justice with easy access to evaluated approaches from other services and providers, from a range of backgrounds, both in the community and secure establishments
  • allow those developing and using innovative approaches to share what they have found to be effective in working with young people and delivering youth justice services


We hope that the library is a helpful reference tool for professionals, who will be able to access a comprehensive collection of well-evidenced approaches and interventions.


What can you find in the Library of Effective Approaches?

Approaches catalogued within this library have been classified by the YJB internally or the YJB’s Effective Practice Classification Panel, as being of a standard to suggest that there is evidence to support their effectiveness. You can find out more about how these approaches have been classified, in the YJB's Standards of Evidence.

To search the approaches listed within the Library please use the search box or the ‘Browse by Topic’ tag cloud situated in the banner. The results will indicate what part of the Youth Justice Resource Hub the entry can be found on.

The interventions listed here are free unless otherwise mentioned. Where the submissions state that there are costs involved, these might cover anything from materials, equipment or room hire to purchasing an entire approach. Anyone interested in learning more about an intervention or associated costs should always approach the individual contact in the first instance for more details.


Making a submission

The YJB welcomes submission of youth justice-related practice. Our aim is to provide youth justice professionals with accessible, relevant and objective information about the range of practices and programmes in use across the youth justice system.

If you would like to make a submission to the Youth Justice Resource Hub we recommend that you start by reading our Standards of Evidence. You can then submit materials by completing the form and emailing it to us along with any supporting documentation or information. For further assistance please email: effectivepractice@yjb.gov.uk.

You do not need to specify which section of the Youth Justice Resource Hub your submission is for (e.g the Library of Effective Approaches, Practice Examples or Resources for Sharing).  Once your submission has been processed we will ensure that it is placed in the appropriate section.


Please note: As outlined in our Terms of Use in submitting materials to the YJB you thereby:

  • Authorise us to make these materials available in what we believe to be the most appropriate site on the Hub in accordance with our classification standards
  • Confirm that if any of the material was originated by a third party you have their consent to submit it
  • Undertake to indemnify the YJB in respect of any claims made by a third party alleging breach of copyright or other intellectual property rights.

If a submission includes materials or information you would not wish to make freely available (for example, commercially-sensitive information, or resources for which there is normally a cost attached) please specify this or contact us via email for more information.

The YJB makes any materials available in good faith; however, if you believe you own the copyright in any of these documents, or in any content embedded within them, and do not consent to their being made available in this way, or if you object to their being made available on other grounds, please contact effectivepractice@yjb.gov.uk.

Age: 10-17 Sex:  N/A Cost:  Yes   Aims: One to one mentoring to tackle the root causes of offending and reoffending Engaging clients whose social exclusion, sense of powerlessness and sense of entitlement make them vulnerable to gang culture and criminal activity Encourage positive lifestyle choices, by challenging and changing attitudes and values that contribute to entrenchment in a gang…
Classification: Level 2 Duration: 10 weeks Age: 10-17 Sex: Both Cost: Yes     Aim: Support young people who have exhibited aggressive behaviour Support young people to reduce some of their violent/aggressive incidents     Description:Aggression Replacement Training is a programme which is made up of three core areas; SkillStreaming (which is pro-social interpersonal skills. Eg. What to do instead…
Age: 10-17 Sex: male Cost: yes Level: 1      Aim: Support young people from BAME background to increase personal development and leadership skills     Description:The Programme is 8 weeks long, with each session lasting 90 minutes. The Programme is targeted specifically at young black, Asian and ethnic minority males. Some of the core components of the Programme include:…
Classification: Level 2 Age: 12-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none Aim: The Resettlement Support Panels Scheme core aim is to coordinate multi-agency support for the resettlement of young people through addressing substance misuse, accommodation problems, mental health and education issues. The Resettlement Support Panel also seeks to support young people around family and peer mediation; appropriate use of leisure time; developing…
Summary: An evidenced based programme that supports families in reducing the use of violence, offending and poor behaviour. Classification: Level 3 Age: 10-18 Sex: n/a Cost: Yes     Aim: Support families and young people to reduce the use of violence, criminal behaviour, poor behaviour and conduct problems     Description:Functional Family Therapy is a strength-based model, which offers short…
Level:  2 Age: 11-16 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Intended Outcomes: To provide young people with knowledge of the law in relation to their internet use To provide young people with the knowledge to keep themselves safe on line To understand the consequences and impact of inappropriate internet behaviour    To help young people understand the need for responsible choices…
Classification: Level 3 Age: 12-18 Sex: n/a Cost: yes   Aims To address complex psychological problems in young people aged between 12 and 18 and provide alternatives to out of home placements. To increase the skills and resources of parents and carers of young people to manage challenging behaviours.   Description MST is an intensive home based and family driven…
Classification: Level 3 Age: 7 upwards Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Intended Outcomes: The intended outcomes are that policy makers, managers and practitioners are made aware of the evidence base and the successful outcomes of the Preventing Youth Offending Project (PYOP). They will also be made aware of the nature and intensity of the intervention used, how it satisfies…
Classification: Level 1 Age: 10 - 17 Sex: n/a Cost: None      Aimed at: Designed primarily for young people attending youth court and includes parents and siblings placing it into a family context     Intended Outcomes: Provision of support through early intervention to prevent further offending, reduce re –offending offering a multi-agency approach     Description: In August…
Summary: Evaluation of the Resettlement Consortia (2009-2012 & 2015-2017 Pilots) Classification: Level 2 Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a   Aim: To develop positive links between the secure estate, youth offending teams (YOTs) and local authorities in order to improve resettlement outcomes for young people released from custody. To reduce re-offending by children and young people   Description:In 2009, the…
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