Workforce Development

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 youth justice and where necessary, identifying additional training as appropriate.

It is clear there is a distinct set of youth justice skills, a well-defined body of knowledge and understanding with the workforce requiring accessible, high quality and accredited learning resources.

There is a well-established youth justice professional framework which is built upon the youth justice skills matrix and youth justice degree and this can have a significant impact on recruitment.

Whilst within youth justice teams, there is still the valuable fundamental multi-disciplinary base, there is a growing recognition that an effective team needs to have the right complementary mix of professionals who are highly skilled in engaging with often complex young people who offend.

This section will offer knowledge and information concerning professional development, professional progression as well as some toolkits on working effectively with those staff that are required to supervise other staff.

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…
It is important to understand the skills of each individual member of a Youth Justice team so workforce development/training plans are crucial to identify gaps and provide opportunities for the workforce to share practice and develop new skills and knowledge. When developing local training plans, it may be helpful to consider the following: Workforce Development Strategy, Youth Justice Skills Matrix…
It is often the case that moving into a new role can be a steep learning curve and supporting new staff as they adjust to new settings and expectations is fundamental. Each team will have their own induction programme and this will inevitably have a local element as well as wider Youth Justice principles and perspectives. Please note that some…
Summary: The Youth Justice Skills Matrix identifies the core skills needed when working with children 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…
Summary: 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.     Youth justice practitioners come from a wide range of backgrounds and will have varying levels of knowledge in relation…
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.
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.