Prevention and Diversion Assessment Tool Q&A Webinar

Published: 02/05/2024

The YJB has launched a new assessment tool for youth justice services working with children subject to prevention, diversion and formal out-of-court disposals. The tool has been developed with a number of key partners, including youth justice practitioners, academics and HM Inspectorate of Probation. In addition to the assessment tool, we’ve shared helpful resources to…
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Understanding ethnic disparity in reoffending rates in the youth justice system (April 2023)

Published: 05/04/2024

This research was commissioned by the YJB and conducted by Traverse. The research involved statistical analysis of reoffending data from England and Wales, interviews with children from England as well as focus groups with youth justice service practitioners. The findings are published in two parts, a child and practitioners perspectives report and an analysis of…
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Enhanced Case Management Evaluation (Phase one) (April 2023)

Published: 05/04/2024

Summary: This research was commissioned by the YJB and carried out by Opinion Research Services. The Enhanced Case Management (ECM) approach is a trauma-informed, psychology-led approach to working with children in youth justice services.
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Enhanced Case Management Evaluation (Phase two: analysis of reoffending rates) (January 2024)

Published: 03/04/2024

Summary: This research was commissioned by the YJB and carried out by Opinion Research Services The key aim of this study is to consider the following questions: 1. Are participants on the ECM project more or less likely to reoffend than those in the control group? 2. Is repeat reoffending lower or higher for those on the ECM project compared to the control group? 3. Is the severity of the offences committed by those who did reoffend from the ECM programme different to those in the control group?
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Trauma Informed Practice Webinar – Turning Rhetoric Into Reality

Published: 03/04/2024

There is evidence about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on behaviour and the potential for linking children who have experienced trauma to become involved in the criminal justice system (including serious youth violence). There is growing interest in trauma because of a need to find responses which will assist children who have multiple…
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Child First Framework In Practice Podcast With Neal Hazel And Michael O’Connor

Published: 03/04/2024

Child First Framework in Practice Professor Neal Hazel, YJB Board member and criminology professor at the University of Salford has a ‘fireside’ chat with Michael O’Connor, Director of Child First Consultancy and Swindon Council Youth and Community Transformation Lead as part of a developing practice podcast. Here they discuss the application of the Child First…
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Sharon Gray, YJB Board member, discusses neurodiversity in the youth justice system

Published: 03/04/2024

At least one in three people who touch the justice system are thought to be neurodivergent, which is twice the proportion in the general population, reflects YJB Board member, Sharon Gray OBE. She says: “It is simply unacceptable that a child is more likely to be criminalised because of their differences.” In this YJB blog,…
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Increasing the Literacy to Inspire BRIGHT Futures Programme – Lambeth Youth Justice Service (August 2023)

Published: 30/01/2024

Topic Summary Lambeth youth justice service have shared their BRIGHT future programme, which aims to increase literacy in children both in the community and in custody Description Lambeth youth justice service have shared their increasing the literacy to inspire BRIGHT future programme pathway.  The programme is aimed at all children and families in the community and children in…
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Statistics resources

Published: 25/01/2024

Summary: Access to yearly updated youth justice related statistical data published by the Youth Justice Board, Ministry of Justice and Home Office.
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An evaluation of the Brent and Newham COVID-19 Over-Represented Children Pathfinder (December 2023)

Published: 07/12/2023

Summary: An evaluation of the Brent and Newham COVID-19 Over-Represented Children Pathfinder. The Brent and Newham Pathfinder was funded by the Youth Justice Board and aimed to mitigate the increase in Adverse Childhood Experiences as a result of experiencing grief, bereavement, discrimination, victimisation and separation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns.
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