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: This tool supports managers to complete quality assurance of AssetPlus  Age: 10-17  Sex: n/a  Cost: n/a     Description: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…
Summary: AssetPlus Joint Working Protocol for working effectivly between YOTs, secure establishments and the YCS Placements Team.   The ' AssetPlus Joint Working Protocol' underpins the information sharing process by providing a framework of responsibilities and timeframes for updating and sharing AssetPlus stages between YOTs, secure establishments and the YCS Placements Team.     Please note that the Protocol was…
Summary: Frequently asked questions concerning transfering AssetPlus stages between YOTs and Secure Estates.     Please see attached 'Transferring AssetPlus Stages between YOTs and the Secure Estate' frequently asked questions document.  This document is in relation to the transfer of AssetPlus Stages between Youth Offending Teams and the secure estate.
Summary: South Tees YOS have created a guide to support the completion of AssetPlus. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a       Aim: Support practitioners, through a reference guide in completing AssetPlus Support managers with the quality assurance process     Description:South Tees YOS have created a guide to support the completion of AssetPlus. The guide is intended to…
Summary: Attached below are three versions of the AssetPlus Secure Estate Quality Assurance (SEQuA) Tool.     The first attachment is the full version of the tool, the second attachment is the version to support Secure Estate managers at the Entering into Custody stage and the third attachment is to support Secure Estate managers at the Review stage.  
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      Aims: Support case managers with completing the ‘Information Gathering’ section on AssetPlus in a way that is concise and relevant but also timely     Description: The workshop training pack ‘Using a ‘Less…
Summary: Link to the 'standards for children in the youth justice system' which are the minimum standards expected for agencies providing statutory services.      The Standards for Children in the Youth Justice System, replace the National Standards (2013), effective from 1 April 2019. These standards define the minimum expectation for all agencies that provide statutory services to ensure good…
The attached, ‘Interim Review of Implementation and Delivery of AssetPlus: Findings from Sector Feedback’ is concerned with describing the process of implementation of AssetPlus across the country ‘go live’ and 18 months to two years later.   YJB has also published the two following reports in regard to AssetPlus: Process evaluation of AssetPlus (undertaken by RAND Europe), which explores the…
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