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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.

Summary: The Communicate Project is a software-based, literacy-intervention project. Classification: Level 2 Age: 10-Adult Sex: n/a Cost: Yes     Aims: Support people who face major literacy barriers Target high-value language gaps that currently put education, training and employment beyond reach Break the cycle of offending by targeting long-lasting life skills Engage people who have had a negative experience of education…
Classification: Level 3 Age: 10-12 Sex: n/a Duration: 12-20 weeks, 2 hours weekly sessions Cost: yes     Intended Aim: The Incredible Years® evidence based parenting programs focus on strengthening parenting competencies It supports parental involvement in children’s school experiences, to promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills and reduce conduct problems.       Description:The School Age Basic parenting…
Summary: Treatment Foster Care Oregon is an evidenced based programme, where young people are placed with foster families to support them to reduce negative and offending behaviours and reduce use of illegal substances. Classification: Level 3 Age: 12-17 Sex: n/a Cost: yes   Aims: Support young people to reduce their behaviour problems Support young people to reduce likelihood of further…
Classification: Level 2 Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: yes   Aim: The aim of Triage is to prevent inappropriate criminalisation of young people for low level offences, and instead delivering restorative interventions.   Description: Triage is the process of determining the priority of a service users’ needs based on a range of conditions. In youth justice terms it is a…
Classification: Level 3 Duration: Individual Age: 12-16 Sex: Both Cost: Yes     Aim: Support and equip parents with the skills and confidence to manage their family’s issues without ongoing support Reduce stress in parents and therefore harsh and inconsistent discipline Reduce problem behaviours in young people     Description:Triple P is a positive parenting programme, with a range of…
Classification: Level 2     Aims: To improve early identification, of young people, at the point of entry into the youth justice system – YJS- (usually the police custody suite with mental health, learning, communication difficulties or other vulnerabilities affecting their wellbeing To enhance access for those young people to multi-agency support equipped to meet their needs As appropriate, to…
Classification: Level 3 Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a   Aims: To improve the experience of justice for all concerned To create an opportunity at an early stage for harm to be repaired To increase victim satisfaction To deliver value for money by reducing the need for and use of formal court proceedings   Description: The Youth Restorative Intervention (YRI)…
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