Holes in the wall is a website that offers knowledge and information for practitioners (as well as parents/carers) regarding child to parent violence and abuse. There are a variety of free resources that can be accessed.

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.

Friday, 15 November 2019 09:57

Restorative Panel Member Training (November 2019)

The Restorative Panel Member Training (reviewed 2019) is intended to be used by Youth Offending Teams in training volunteer panel members to fulfil their role.  The following attachments are available below:


Restorative Panel Member Training Manual
This training manual contains the content for delivering a restorative panels training course to community panel volunteers and youth offending team (YOT) staff involved with Referral Order panels.

The course can be delivered in four consecutive days or scattered over several weeks or weekends. The manual has detailed instructions for every exercise and suggested timetables for designing a course tailored to meet local need.

Restorative Panel Member Training Workbook
This workbook accompanies the Restorative Panel Member training course and satisfies the RJC (https://restorativejustice.org.uk/) trainer’s code of practice for a minimum of four hours course reading. Reference to the workbook is made throughout the course, which contains additional information and exercises, links to film and extra reading materials to reinforce the learning from each section of the training.
The workbook contains a self-competency checklist and is designed to become a portfolio that community panel members can continue to use, update and expand, to inform their practice.

Restorative Panel Member Training PowerPoint Library
The Restorative Panel Member Training Manual is accompanied by a library of PowerPoint slides. PowerPoint is optional, and the content contained in many of the slides is incorporated in the workbook or can be written onto a flipchart.
The slide library is intended to be used flexibly (and not in its entirety), or not at all.

Restorative Panel Member Training Resource Book
This Resource book accompanies the Restorative Panel Member Training Manual, and contains everything that trainers might need for delivering the training, including handouts, scenarios, laminates, evaluation forms and certificates, as well as alternative and additional exercises and games.

Friday, 11 January 2019 15:07

Workforce Development Strategy (2019 – 2021)

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 14:46

Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate

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.

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.

Friday, 09 November 2018 10:00

Youth Justice Skills Audit

Youth justice practitioners come from a wide range of backgrounds and will have varying levels of knowledge in relation to the work they do. It stands to reason, therefore, that individuals will have different training needs. This skills audit tool has been designed to help youth justice practitioners to reflect on their practice, in particular to identify potential gaps in their knowledge, behaviours and skills and thereby to gain access to more targeted training. It is based on the knowledge and skills identified in the Youth Justice Skills Matrix (YJSM). As such it is divided into the eight areas the Skills Matrix covers:

  • Child and adolescent development
  •  Engagement and communication
  • Assessment
  • Effective practice
  • Multi-agency working
  • Risk of reoffending and risk of harm
  • Transitions
  • Safeguarding

The audit tool consists of a series of statements about youth justice practice and you consider your training needs on a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 = I feel fully trained in this area and 1 = I need a lot more training in this area. It is designed to be used in dialogue with your line manager/supervisor, so you need to be prepared to share and discuss examples and evidence to support your ratings. This evidence should be very concrete, i.e. things that you did or said which demonstrate your competence/confidence in each area of practice. You and your manager/supervisor will be able to use the outcomes from the audit to decide on the best ways to develop your practice further, including the identification of courses within the Youth Justice Professional Framework.

Following feedback from practitioners about the length and detail in the survey, we intend to revise the audit and will develop a shortened version which will be published in due course.  In the mean time, please find attached a word version, which will remain available during this time.


Friday, 09 November 2018 09:41

Youth Justice Skills Matrix

The Youth Justice Skills Matrix has been developed by the Youth Justice Workforce Development Council and identifies the core skills needed when working with young people who offend. This Matrix is designed for the whole of the Youth Justice Workforce and can be used for job descriptions, appraisals, training needs analysis and restructures and is mapped to National Occupational Standards. It will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it includes new areas of skills.


The Matrix covers 8 areas:

  •  Child and Adolescent development - implications for YJ practice
  •  Effective communication and engagement with young people, families and carers
  • Assessment and identification of strengths and risks to foster positive outcomes
  • Prepare, deliver, implement, monitor and evaluate interventions and promote reflective practice.
  • Multi-agency and sharing information
  • Risk of reoffending and risk of harm
  • Supporting effective transitions in the youth justice system
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child or young person


It is divided into five different levels:

  1. Head of service, Deputy/Assistant Director, GovernorsYJ management boards
  2. Team leader, Middle manager
  3. Senior Practitioner, Senior specialist worker
  4. Practitioner, specialist worker
  5. Entry level
Friday, 01 March 2019 13:20

Youth Offending Team: Legislative References

Youth Offending Team: Legislative References is a quick guide reference to all statutory duties of the Youth Offending Teams.


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 supports case managers to consider a ‘less is more’ approach to ‘Information Gathering’ in a way that is timely, whilst also maintaining quality assessments.

The approach was delivered via a series of sector-led workshops by St Helens YOT throughout 2019 across England and Wales. In order to support continued learning and aid collaborative working amongst YOTs, there is an attendance list attached.


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
Email: LeeMatthews@sthelens.gov.uk



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