Youth Justice Effective Practice (YJEPC)

Youth Justice Effective Practice (YJEPC)

This module explores the current state of theory, practice and evidence relating to working effectively with children and young people in the youth justice system. It’s focus is on effective practice across a number of important domains, including engaging with young people, assessment and planning interventions and custody and resettlement.  There is an opportunity to explore the key criminological theories in the context of offending by children and young people and to develop an understanding of desistance from offending and how to promote it.  


On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:

  • Evaluate theoretical approaches to youth crime.
  • Critically evaluate effective practice and evidence-based approaches to youth justice practice.
  • Identify and analyse a range of strategies for engaging with and building relationships with individual young people, parents/carers and with groups.
  • Evaluate assessment and planning intervention practice in the context of youth justice.
  • Evaluate approaches to transition planning in the context of resettlement.
  • Evaluate theories of desistance and their application to work with young people who offend.

What you will study

Block 1: Why young people offend – evaluate the key criminological theories in the context of explaining why children offend and how their behaviour is responded to.

Block 2: Working effectively – find out about ‘what works’ in youth justice and approaches to measuring the effectiveness of work done with young people in the youth justice system

Block 3: Assess, plan, intervene – explore the cycle of assessment, planning, intervention and review at the heart of youth justice practice

Block 4: Engagement and participation – consider a range of strategies for gaining and sustaining the engagement and positive participation of children and young people in interventions.

Block 5: Custody and resettlement – find out how custody is configured for children and evaluate practice designed to ensure the effective resettlement of children when they return to their communities.

Block 6: Desistance – investigate approaches to helping children and young people stop offending.

The cost of this course is £750 plus VAT

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