The Youth Justice Institute was established in 2019 to bring together key academic and operational organisations to identify and disseminate the latest research and evaluation evidence to help practitioners and managers in youth justice improve outcomes for children.

With the focus on practice development rather than social policy, members will be able to access a comprehensive range of courses and resources specific to youth justice.

The Institute aims to help close the gap between research and the day-to-day practice challenges faced by staff working in both the community and custody.

The development of reflective practitioners who are confident in using theories of change, assessing relevant evidence and increasingly involved in self-evaluation will be a priority for the Institute. This will be achieved through a comprehensive range of innovative learning resources for managers and practitioners in both custody and the community via The Youth Justice Institute Learning Hub.

There are currently two free learning modules:
(a) Exploring Youth Justice: An introduction to the youth justice system; ideal for new practitioners and volunteers working to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people. The course covers essential background, reforms and the architecture of our current youth justice system.

(b)Introduction to child & adolescent development: Young peoples’ experiences of growing up; the impact on their life chances and increased likelihood of entering the youth justice system.

You may also be interested in the following taster resources:

Please note that if you have any users issues with the YJ Institute you will need to contact them directly.

All resources and courses will be linked to the Youth Justice Professional Framework (YJPF) and the Youth Justice skills matrix and offer opportunities for tutorial support, assessment of work and accreditation which are all vital aspects of the quality assurance of learning.