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Asset Plus Materials - West Sussex YOT

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Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: no

 

 Aims:

  • A specific OOCD screening/assessment tool and planning document, based on and using Asset Plus, aimed at being time effective but defensible, proportionate, evidenced and analytical. It aims to provide a consistency in practice and theory alongside Asset Plus, moving similarly through to assessed judgements and appropriate planning responses based on future risk, risk of serious harm and safety/wellbeing.
  • The screening tool uses the AssetPlus framework and terminology to enable better assessment in cases which have limited or no history with local youth justice services. The pathways and planning template allows for a more intuitive and user friendly intervention with the young person. 

 

 Description:

The resource consists of the screening/assessment tool and then two Pathways and Planning documents. These were developed for assessing any cases being referred by police for a potential First Caution. It’s also being used for any case recommended for diversion by YOS as a CR. For those that have had previous Cautions (unless significant timescales and agreed by line manager) we are using Asset Plus.

It is designed to follow the same rules as Asset Plus to allow consistency in case managers thinking and assessments. Also this is then helpful for utilising/transferring information if a young person was to reoffend and require a full Asset Plus. As with Asset Plus it is separated in to Information Gathering where the expectation is just information and no analysis, with case workers using the italic prompts as headings to ensure all areas are covered. This focuses on the young person first, then moves to the offending behaviour second.

Following this is the Explanations and Conclusions with analysis coming in paragraphs in the analysing past behaviour, future behaviour sections. As with Asset Plus the harm assessment needs to be focused down in to what the risk is then expanded on in regard to who, how, where, why and when. There are then sections to give ratings for the judgement areas (Safety and Wellbeing, LOR and ROSH) and bullet points for reasoning. There are also key sections which highlight the focus on foundations for change, and strengths, and also an analysis of desistance factors.

This leads, as with Asset Plus, to the planning in which there are two parts. The first Pathways and Planning section includes basic details and judgements such as ROSH etc, followed by Tailoring Interventions. There’s then sections for who the plan is shared with and other processes, as previously included in VMPs/RMPs and now Asset Plus. The second part is just for cases assessed as Medium or above, as a defensible response, and includes external controls and other actions taken by YOS. As with Asset Plus these refer to the 5 planning areas (Keeping Safe, Not hurting others, Not offending, Repairing Harm, Goals and Opportunities) which can be deleted as appropriate. Then it concludes with the contingencys/changing circumstances. The second part of the plan is the Young Person’s individual plan (YJB version), which is separate so it can be completed and shared with the young person, and which focuses on individual tasks such as sessions or areas the young person is directly involved in. It also covers the internal controls aspect of the plan, and family involvement.

All three get attached to the Intervention Screen on CVYJ, and all medium and above judgements are QAd and countersigned. Depending on the case, and information gathering, feedback has been 3 to 4 hours for full completion.

 

Contact:

Organisation:  West Sussex Youth Offending Service 
Name:  John Ashmore
Telephone:  07860261923
E-mail:  John.ashmore@westsussex.gov.uk 
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