Assessment

Assessment is an essential tool in supporting professionals in understanding the factors which have brought children in contact with the youth justice system and set in place an appropriate package of interventions to address their needs.

Assessment should help improve knowledge of the child’s situation and the reasons for the offending behaviour, including experience of trauma and exploitation. This enables the practitioner to reach defensible conclusions in reports for courts or panels regarding the likelihood of future offending behaviour, and of the risk of harm the child may pose to others, for example.

The YJB created ‘AssetPlus’, which is a comprehensive end-to-end assessment and planning framework. AssetPlus aims to:

  • identify strengths
  • identify needs and problems
  • facilitate planning of appropriate interventions for children who have offended or are at risk of offending, both in custody and the community

Children should be supported to be involved in assessing their own needs to gain a comprehensive view on what the issues are, and the most effective route to addressing them. Self-assessment promotes engagement and compliance with the requirements of court orders and gives important feedback which teams should use to improve the quality of its services. Teams should work in partnership with other partners to inform the assessment and share information.

For those practitioners that are new the youth justice system, you can access AssetPlus training on the Youth Justice interactive learning Space. This includes:

  • Assessment and Planning Foundation Training
  • Supporting resources including – children and parents self-assessments etc.
Summary:  Attached is Hackney youth justice service prevention and diversion assessment, also included is their definitions related to race, culture and diversity.  Description: In March 2019 Hackney Children and Families Services invited several trained peers, supported by the Youth Justice Sector Improvement Programme (YJSIP) and the Youth Justice Board to conduct a Sector Led Youth Justice Peer review, primarily focussing…
Summary:  Attached below are a variety of tools to support practitioners to identify if children have experienced trauma.      Description: Attached below are a variety of tools developed by Cwm Taf youth offending service, intended to help practitioners to identify if children have experienced trauma by looking at some of the factors which might be an indicator. Cwm Taf…
Summary: Attached below are a variety of resources related to the Pathway and Planning assessment of children which take into consideration trauma informed practice.      Description: Attached below are a variety of tools developed by Cwm Taf youth offending service, these look at the pathways and planning documentation. Cwm Taf youth offending service have produced a guide around trauma…
Summary: Attached below is the link to an on-line self-assessment that children complete in Tower Hamlets.  Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a   Aims: Support children to complete self-assessment and have a voice. Support looking at the journey of the child with review and final self-assessments.     Description: Tower Hamlets & the City of London Youth Justice Service have…
Summary: Description of Sutton YOTs assessment clinic which they run for children following PSR request or receiving a Court Order. The process supports induction and assessment of children. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To ensure that children are seen within a few days from Court and to start the assessment process. Support children to meet and…
Summary: West Berkshire YOT have created a reflection tool to support case workers to reflect on their assessment of children.     Aims: To help case workers reflect on their assessments and work with children and their families     Description: An AssetPlus Refection is suggested by either the staff member or their manager because it is identified that the…
Summary: Derby YOS have created a quality assurance tool, that is used by managers when completing QA on AssetPlus stages. Aims: Tool supports quality assuring the various stages of AssetPlus It can be used to tract emerging performance needs     Description:Derby Youth Offending Service have created an AssetPlus QA Tool, which is used by all YOS Managers at Derby…
Summary: These documents aim to provide case managers/assessors with a quick visual reference guide in applying locally agreed risk management processes Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none     Description: The attached documents are delivered as part of Kirklees YOT Asset Plus training programme and the Tool is displayed prominently within their YOT Offices. The AssetPlus Assessment Process as a…
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…
Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: none     Aim: 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.     Description: The toolkit has a quality assurance form that can be used for routine checking, but also for full audit activity. A…
Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: none   Aims: 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     Description: This is a tool for use by managers in…
Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: none   Aims: To improve the quality of assessments undertaken as part of the Referral Order process To improve the quality of Referral Order reports To improve and evidence effective management oversight     Description: This is a tool for use by managers in the quality assurance of referral order reports based upon the completion…
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