The Courses

Choose from 15 short courses covering a range of topics relevant to working effectively with young people in the youth justice system.  All these resources are available in app form and can be used on smartphones and tablets as well as on PCs in order to facilitate learning anytime, anywhere.

There are two free courses for you to try and 13 Effective Practice Awards (EPAs).  EPAs are assessed through a multiple choice test and are certificated by Skills for Justice Awards.  Completion of EPAs may also entitle you to discounts on The Foundation Degree in Youth Justice and the Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate.  Both these courses would be particularly useful for volunteers or for people who are new to working in youth justice.  They also give you some idea of what our longer EPAs are like.

Free Courses


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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. Register now
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. Register now

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Support for your learning

You will have a dedicated learning coach available 24/7 via phone, text, video conference or email.  Their job is to help you make sense of your learning and to get the most out of your course.

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Desistance Explore the processes by which young people stop offending and the practitioner role in supporting by using strengths based approaches. Register now
Educational engagement Engagement in education, training or employment are is a significant protective factor in preventing offending.  In this course you can find out more about the educational landscape and investigate some strategies for supporting young people either to remain in ETE or to re-engage with it. Register now
Engaging young people Gaining the full engagement of young people in youth justice interventions can be challenging.  This course looks at a range of strategies for engaging young people and the practitioner skills required for this. Register now
Relationship-based practice Find out about the relationship-based practice framework, an evidence based model designed to promote desistance with young people, including pro-social modelling, promoting trust and problem solving. Register now


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Working effectively Ensuring all practice with young people in the youth justice system is effective, i.e. it achieves the desired outcomes, is key to achieving positive outcomes for young people.  This course looks at what it means to be evidence based in decision making about how to develop effective interventions for young people in the youth justice system. Register your interest
Young people’s development The EPA expands on the themes introduced in the short free course.  It looks at key issues relating to young people’s development such as the impact of trauma and living in a digital world on the way in which young people view themselves and respond to the world around them. Register your interest
Safety and wellbeing Promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.  This course looks at what this means in the context of youth justice,  in particular relating to child sexual exploitation, gang-related violence and radicalisation and violent extremism. Register your interest
Custody and resettlement This EPA explores what it means to work effectively with children and young people in custody.  It looks at the whole issue of custody for children in the context of ensuring positive transitions from custody to the community. Register your interest
Reflective Practice Being an effective practitioner relies on being able to reflect honestly and thoughtfully on practice.  This course introduces a number of models of reflective practice and explores the skills required to develop and improve practice. Register your interest
Assessment and planning interventions Central to practice in youth justice is the cycle of assessment, planning and review.  This takes you through this cycle, considering the knowledge and skills required to design interventions that are fully informed by the outcomes from assessment. Register your interest
Multi-agency working Any practitioner working in youth justice will be operating within some kind of multi-agency setting.  This course helps practitioners develop skills and knowledge required to work with a range of other professionals efficiently and effectively while keeping the young person at the centre of all interactions. Register your interest
Transitions Young people in the youth justice system have to negotiate some challenging transitions.  This EPA is all about these changes and transitions and the skills that practitioners need in order to support young people in this process. Register your interest
Risk The concept of risk is a significant one in determining the nature, duration and intensity of the intervention a young person receives.  This EPA explores the concept of risk from a range of perspectives, including risk of offending and risk of harm (to the young person and to others). Register your interest


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