Evaluation library

Our aim is to provide youth justice professionals with accessible, relevant and objective information about the range of programmes in use across the youth justice system.

The Evaluation Library is the YJB's collection of appraised youth justice interventions, we provide a light-touch review to ensure it is of a good standard, although we are no longer able to rate or classify that evaluation.

Should you have any questions or concerns about any research or evaluation placed on the Youth Justice Resource Hub, please contact us

The YJB welcomes new additions to its ‘Evaluation Library’. Please email your evidenced interventions to us along with your rationale for inclusion using the submission form.

Summary: Attached is the interim evaluation report looking at the impact of Brent Council’s accelerated support team initiative established within the early health service.      Description: The Brent Children and Young People’s Department (BCYP) established an Accelerated Support Team (AST) within the Early Help Service in early 2019.  The AST is a pilot initiative aims to help solve problems…
Summary:  Attached is the evaluation report concerning the a programme designed to tackle key issues in regards to disproportionality of BAME children in the CJS in Islington and Haringey Services.     Description:  The Disproportionality Project: Addressing issues relating to the disproportionately high representation of Islington’s and Haringey’s BAME young people in the Criminal Justice System is concerned with evaluating a…
Summary: Link to the outcome of the resettlement consortia pilots in 2009 to 2012 and 2015 to 2017.     Description: In 2009, the YJB commenced working with stakeholders to develop three regionally led consortia pilots: one in the North West of England, one in the South West of England and one in Wessex. Children’s services and housing were identified…
Summary:  Attached is the link to the evaluation conducted in relation to Sandwell YOS creative approach to working with children.      Description: Sandwell youth offending service have been implementing a creative approach to working with children, which is an alternative method when delivering interventions. The work itself has not changed, what is different, is that Sandwell YOS is able…
Summary: Attached is the interim evaluation summary and report of the West Midlands Pathfinder work in relation to working effectively with parents and carers.      Description: In September 2020 First Class Foundation were commissioned, through a competitive tender process, to deliver their Kitchen Table Talks programme across Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Wolverhampton and Walsall Services. First Class Foundation…
Summary:  Attached is the initial findings evaluation of Lancashire child and youth justice service diversion pathfinder.     Description: Child-First Diversion Initial Findings Evaluation is a collaboration between Lancashire CYJS and UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) as funded by Lancashire CYJS's Child-First Diversion Pathfinder. This Interim Evaluation explores the effectiveness of the Child First Diversion programme in comparison to alternative disposals,…
Summary:  Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion scheme  were created to enhance health provision within the youth justice system. Age: 10-18 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     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…
Summary: Multi Systemic Therapy is an intensive home based intervention for children and families. Age: 12-18 Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Aims To address complex psychological problems in children aged between 12 and 18 and provide alternatives to out of home placements. To increase the skills and resources of parents and carers of children to manage challenging behaviours.  …
Summary:  Findings from the pilot 2015-2016 concerning usage of skype in Parc Youth Offender Insitute.     Aims The Youth Justice Board’s objectives of running the Skype pilot in Parc Young Offender Institution (YOI) were to: Establish whether internet based video solutions (IBVS) could improve links between children in custody, their families and resettlement agencies; Test whether Skype could be…
Summary: An approach to working with children with experience of the youth justice system.     The Welsh Government has published the report Evaluation of the Enhanced Case Management approach. Please note that the link will take you to the Welsh Government site. The Enhanced Case Management (ECM) approach is an approach to working with children with experience of the…
Summary: Research examining the implementation and operation of the Whole System Approach.     The Whole-System Approach (WSA) is an evidence-informed youth justice strategy for children and young people who offend introduced nationally in Scotland in 2011, following a year-long pilot of the approach in Aberdeen. This research aimed to examine the implementation and operation of the WSA in one…
Summary: Youth Restorative Intervention is designed to provide a restorative approach when working with children who have committed low level offences. 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…
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