Friday, 11 January 2019 15:31

Youth Justice Institute

The Youth Justice Institute is a new not for profit initiative which aims to provide professional leadership for youth justice workers and all those who deliver services to young people in trouble. The Institute brings together key academic and operational organisations to identify and disseminate the latest research and evaluation evidence to help practitioners and managers in youth justice improve outcomes for young people. Members will be able to access a comprehensive range of courses and resources specific to youth justice.

Please see attached flyer for further information.

The Workforce Development Strategy’s acknowledges that considerable progress has been made in Youth Justice (YJ) workforce development over the last 10 years. Increasingly, managers are seeking out experienced individuals from a range of backgrounds who can demonstrate the key skills needed in YJ and where necessary, identifying additional training as appropriate. It is clear there is a distinct set of YJ skills, a well-defined body of knowledge and understanding with the workforce requiring accessible, high quality and accredited learning resources.

Friday, 11 January 2019 14:48

Degree in Youth Justice

The Foundation Degree in Youth Justice with opportunities for progression to a BA honours is available for everyone who works in or wants to work in youth justice.

Please see attached flyer for further information.

The Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate (YJEPC) is a widely held qualification in youth justice. It brings together the most up-to-date thinking, knowledge, research and evidence about what works in this field.

Please see attached flyer for further information.

Summary: St Helens YOT have created a workshop to support case manager with improving ‘Information Gathering’ section of AssetPlus.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: none





  • Support case managers with completing the ‘Information Gathering’ section on AssetPlus in a way that is concise and relevant but also timely



The workshop training pack ‘Using a ‘Less is More’ Approach to Assessments’ attached below has been delivered both in Camden and St Helens Youth Offending Teams to support professional development of the team.  The workshop support case managers to consider a ‘less is more’ approach to completing the ‘Information Gathering’ section in a way that is timely and also maintains quality assessments.


Implementing the practice:

  • The workshop has been delivered by one of the managers in the team
  • The session can be run either in a short session or during a team meeting
  • The session has been used as a ‘top up’ session following AssettPlus original training and implementation




YOT: St Helens Youth Offending Team
Name: Lee Matthews



The Information Hub, run by the charity Unlock have published the following articles ‘Identification (ID) for opening a bank account’ and ‘Opening a basic bank account before release’, which are targeted self-help information for children over the age of 16 years. The articles address some of the challenges faced by children in the custodial establishments and on release when applying for a bank account.

If a child is struggling to get the appropriate identification whilst in custody there is a special form that has been created by the Ministry of Justice – National Offender Management Service called ‘Identity (ID) for Bank Account Applications for all prisoners’ (PSI 44/2011). This can be completed by a member of the Prison Service and signed by the Governor. It has been agreed by all of the banks through the British Bankers Association and the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group that this form can be accepted as the only form of ID when opening a basic bank account.

The Department for Education, in partnership with statutory and voluntary sector has published the National Protocol on Reducing Unnecessary Criminalisation of Looked-After Children and Care Leavers to support the work of local authority children’s services, local care providers (fostering services, children’s homes and other arrangements), police forces, Youth Offending Teams (YOTs), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), local Youth Panel (Magistrates), and local health services including mental health in working with children that are looked after.

Its key purpose is to encourage and provide the framework for these agencies to co-develop local arrangements to reduce the unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children and care leavers.

The ACPO Youth Gravity Matrix is used by the Police to determine whether children should be considered for an out of court disposals. The matrix provides most offences with a score, which is calculated on the seriousness. The overall score can be impacted by aggravating and mitigating factors surrounding the incident.

HM Inspectorate of Probation have published The Voices of Young People Under Supervision (findings from the HMI Probation eSurvey), which focuses on the views of children supervised by Youth Offending Teams (YOTs), which were gathered through the analysis of the responses to HMI Probation’s eSurvey. The eSurvey captured the children’s views regarding their needs, the support provided through the YOT and the progress that they had made. It was completed by 14,542 children and young people between April 2014 and March 2017.

The YJB has published the Data Recording Requirements for Youth Offending Teams in England and Wales 2018-2019. The guidance is for YOTs to support the correct and timely recording and reporting of data requirements.


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