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Youth Justice Skills Audit

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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.

If practitioners tick the consent box (held within the survey) their management team will also be able to access that information. This can be used to support individual professional development as well as the whole team more widely.  The data that is collected will be held securely and used to inform future decisions about national priorities for workforce development. To take part click here.

Please contact Unitas directly, through Paula, who can produce the team summary reports, if requested by managers. 

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