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:  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…
Summary: Evaluation of a YOT run programme around a highly responsive intervention process for young children who have offended. 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…
Summary: Programme designed to support BAME boys to increase personal development and leadership skills. Age: 10-17 Sex: male Cost: yes     Aim: Support children from young black, Asian and ethnic minority (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…
Summary: Swansea Bureau is a pre-court diversion model, which runs across most of Wales. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aims: Provide children the opportunity to be diverted out of the criminal justice system. Provide children and their parents/carers with the opportunity to access support services that may be able to meet their needs.      Description: The…
Summary: Evaluation of the YJB Pilot Resettlement Support Panel Scheme. 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 children through addressing substance misuse, accommodation problems, mental health and education issues. The Resettlement Support Panel also seeks to support children around family and peer mediation; appropriate…
Summary: Early intervention programme to support desistence while awaiting sentencing. Age: 10 - 17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aim: Provision of support through early intervention to prevent further offending, reduce re –offending offering a multi-agency approach     Description: In August 2014 members of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) held a "problem solve" with children. The…
Summary: The Communicate Project is a software-based, literacy-intervention project. 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 Support people with…
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