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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:26

Aggression Replacement Training

Classification: Level 2
Duration: 10 weeks
Age: 10-17
Sex: Both
Cost: Yes




  • Support young people who have exhibited aggressive behaviour
  • Support young people to reduce some of their violent/aggressive incidents



Aggression Replacement Training is a programme which is made up of three core areas; SkillStreaming (which is pro-social interpersonal skills. Eg. What to do instead of aggression), Anger Control Trainings, (which supports young people to know what to do if provoked) and finally Moral Reasoning Training, (which promotes positive values and supports young people to use interpersonal and anger management taught skills).

The programme is 10 weeks long and covers 30 sessions.




External Organisation: Aggressive Replacement Training
Name: Mark Amendola
Email: mamendola@roadrunner.com
Web: http://uscart.org/new/



The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) was developed by the prevention charity Mentor UK as a platform for sharing information and resources aimed at schools and practitioners working in drug and alcohol prevention. There is evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools.

Published in Training Documents
Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:52

Assessment Mapping with Tightrope Toolkit

Summary: Tightrope tool is an assessment and planning process that uses an analogy that addresses areas of risk, resilience and desistance with young people.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: yes




  • The Tightrope allows workers to meaningfully engage young people in the assessment and planning process with a simple analogy that addresses the complex areas of risk, resilience and desistance. 




Assessment Mapping with The Tightrope uses the analogy that adolescence can be like walking on a tightrope. The Toolkit comes with a one-page form, a series of prompt cards and guidance for practitioners (each prompt is referenced to research and further reading). The young person and a practitioner work around the analogy to identify balancing skills and strengths that the young person has to navigate their tightrope (resilience), any steps that make the tightrope higher (dynamic risk factors), what foundations support the tightrope (resilience aids), the strength and flexibility of the safety net (external controls), anything that makes the path / foundation more ‘muddy’ or ‘wobbly’ (past concerns and static risk factors), the steps needed to reach their goals (planning) and the motivation they have to take their first step.

The Tightrope prompts are holistic in that they are based on research on youth offending, self-harm, substance misuse and neglect. The Tightrope can be used simply as a discussion aid to identify the internal and external strengths that support a young person through volatile transitions or as a series of sessions that include all the prompt cards within the full toolkit in order to have a meaningful dialogue and understanding of what supports the young person to overcome risks.
Practitioners can use the one-page form to summarise the assessment and plan, either for the young person, their managers or to various risk / vulnerability panels. When the Tightrope is reviewed there is a visual representation of changes in risk, resilience or motivation through changes in the height of the ladder and the scaling questions built into the form.

A short introduction with the template and inform guidance is available at no cost, and can be requested roberta@vlinder.co.uk.  Training must be undertaken in order to be able to use the tool effectively, and if quoting ‘Resource Hub’ then teams can have the reduced YJB INSET rate of £500 a day. Further support is available following completion of the training to support implementation.



Implementing the Practice:

  • Redbridge have found that the tool is less confrontational way to get a young person to identify their risk areas/concerns
  • Redbridge have found that young people often respond well to seeing their risk, needs and strengths in a visual format.
  • Redbridge have found that young people respond positively to identifying their strengths as much of their work with professionals focuses on concerns
  • Practitioners at Redbridge have found that it is an effective way to identify interventions that need to be completed as young people have already identified what they need to do to get down from the ladder
  • A staff member at Redbridge found it particularly useful with girls, as a method of early engagement
  • A bail and remand worker in Hammersmith and Fulham has reported "in 10 years ihave not managed to gain so much info in one session using such an effective assessment tool"
  • Young people in Wandsworth have told their workers that the Tightrope is interactive and has helped them make better choices.
  • A Locality Youth Work Manager in Wandsworth and her team have found the Tightrope analogy to be helpful for effectively engaging with teenage parents and vulnerable girls at risk of CSE
  • A staff member in Lambeth feels the Tightrope has helped young people open up about their motivation for concerning behavior and to discuss healthy relationships. They feel the Tightrope is helpful because it is set out in a non-threatening way and isn’t just based on risk. 




YOT: Redbridge Youth Offending & Targeted Prevention Service Children Services
Name: Helen Anthony
Email: Helen.Anthony@redbridge.gov.uk
Organisation: Battersea and Tooting Locality Youth Work Service
Name: Peggy Jhugroo
Email: PJhugroo@wandsworth.gov.uk
Source Organisation: Vlinder Consultancy Ltd
Name: Dr Roberta Evans
Email: roberta@vlinder.co.uk
Website: www.vlinder.co.uk



Published in Resources For Sharing
Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Asset Plus Materials - West Sussex YOT

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



  • 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. 



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.



Organisation:  West Sussex Youth Offending Service 
Name:  John Ashmore
Telephone:  07860261923
E-mail:  John.ashmore@westsussex.gov.uk 
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Age: 10-18
Sex: n/a
Cost: none




  • Support practitioners to engage young people effectively with their plan
  • Support practitioners to engage young people to understand their targets and increase likelihood of engaging and achieving those




AssetPlus is a new assessment and planning interventions framework developed by the YJB to replace Asset and its associated tools. AssetPlus has been designed to provide a holistic end-to-end assessment and intervention plan, allowing one record to follow a young person throughout their time in youth justice system.

With the introduction of AssetPlus there is an increased emphasis on sharing the assessment findings with young people and developing plans with them rather than for them. The young person and their parent/carer should understand the assessment and their youth justice plan, what its aims are, why they have been suggested and what success would look like.

A number of tools have therefore been adapted from existing templates used by YOTs to support discussing, creating, and agreeing plans with young people:

  • Sorting things out. To get the young person to reflect on the 5 key areas for intervention
  • What’s working in my life? To get the young person to reflect on factors affecting desistance
  • Steps out of Trouble. To get the young person to reflect on factors affecting desistance
  • The Safety & Wellbeing Ladder. To understand the young person’s view on their safety and well-being



Implementing the practice:

  • The tools should be edited, developed, illustrated, added to and personalised for individual young people and their circumstances.
  • Can use the tools to test practitioner hypothesises with the young person
  • The tools can support the practitioner to engage both the young person and their parent/carers in the process more effectively




Source Organisation: Youth Justice Board – AssetPlus Project Team
Name: AssetPlus Team
Email: assessment@yjb.gsi.gov.uk 


Published in Practice Examples
Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:23

AssetPlus Audit Tool York

Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a




  • This toolkit supports quality checking AssetPlus stages and can be used to track emerging performance needs, either at a team/service level; or through feedback to individual practitioners.




The toolkit has a quality assurance form that can be used for routine checking, but also for full audit activity. A tracker file can record areas of strength and those requiring attention on a simple RAG rating system – this enables an overview of team support needs to be built up.The emphasis is on enabling stages to be completed.

A rationale is contained as an appendix to the QA tool. This helps individual managers and teams to develop and assess what is “good enough” when countersigning or doing more in-depth auditing.




Name: Tony Hodgson
Telephone: 0786 7503166
E-mail: tony.hodgson@yjb.gsi.gov.uk
Published in Resources For Sharing
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:56

AssetPlus Light Touch QA Tool









  • To improve the quality of assessment and planning
  • To improve how safety and wellbeing factors are both identified and managed
  • To improve how risk (all domains) factors are both identified, assessed and managed
  • To improve and evidence effective management oversight



This is a tool for use by managers in the quality assurance of AssetPlus. It is designed to be a thorough and robust tool that is also manageable in terms of time constraints in the day to day business of a Youth Justice Service.

The tool is completed by the manager and can be used to provide feedback and coaching to staff in order to improve individual AssetPlus and ongoing practice.





Haringey Youth Justice Service


Simon Stone


0208 489 1557



Published in Resources For Sharing
Thursday, 21 July 2016 11:36

AssetPlus Quality Assurance Checklist

 Age: 10-17
 Sex: n/a
 Cost: n/a




  • Support managers to complete quality assurance of AssetPlus



The quality assurance crib sheet should be used as a support for managers when quality assuring AssetPlus. As this is a crib sheet is should be read in conjunction with the AssetPlus Quality Assurance Tool (Please note that you can only access the Quality Assurance Tool if you have a YJILS account).   




YOT: Camden Youth Offending Team
 Name: Lee Matthews
Email: Lee.Matthews@camden.gov.uk



Published in Resources For Sharing
Friday, 09 December 2016 07:57

AssetPlus Quality Assurance Tool and Crib Sheet

Age: n/a
Sex: n/a
Cost: none




  • To improve the quality of assessment and planning
  • To improve how safety and wellbeing factors are both identified and managed
  • To improve how risk (all domains) factors are both identified and managed




This is a quality assurance tool for AssetPlus. It can be used by the practitioner to self-assess or be used by a peer or management to improve the content and quality of assessment and planning. It should be used in conjunction with the crib sheet that is already based on existing best practice materials produced by the YJB.

We have softened the language around judgements so it moves away from HMIP language and promotes a more coaching and supportive management style. This is in response to staff feedback and has proved to encourage a better dialogue and learning.

The application of when the tool can be used is completely down to the service. It can be applied in a blanket approach or used to target specific young people, orders, risk levels, etc. Alternatively it can be used on an ad hoc basis for dip sampling, quality assurance circles or peer reviews.




YOT: Warwickshire Youth Justice Service
Name: Tony Begley
Telephone: 01926 68 2650/02476 482900



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