Effective practice

  • Website London youth offending teams: mental health mapping
    This report is based on a quantitative and qualitative mapping exercise that looks at the nature and scope of YOT mental health work across London.

  • Website NICE guidance
    NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidance offers research-based messages for practice in physical health, mental health and well-being. There are many relevant topics for children and young people in contact with the youth justice system (YJS), including the management of ADHD, autism spectrum conditions, depression, and interventions to reduce substance misuse.

  • Website Assessing young people in police custody - an examination of the operation of Triage schemes
    This paper examines the operation of Triage schemes, which are based in police stations and aim to identify the needs of young people as they enter the youth justice system.

  • Website NHS Evidence
    A free and easy-to-use search engine giving access to clinical and non-clinical information about local, regional, national and international work. It includes evidence, guidance and government policy. Drawing on credible medical sources, the site ranks search results according to relevance and quality.

  • Website CAMHS Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC)
    This website includes a list of clinical measures recommended by CORC, with links to the measures and material to support their implementation. Plus information sheets, guidance about finding and using demographic data, and links to publications and research updates on outcome evaluation. CORC is a collaboration between child and adolescent mental health providers working across a range of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in the UK, with the aim of developing and piloting a model of routine outcome evaluation that can provide high-quality information on the outcomes of therapeutic services for children, young people and their families.

  • Website National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA)
    This website includes studies about evidence-informed substance misuse treatment services and other relevant information, including progress on the NTA’s forthcoming young person’s service framework and their joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) commissioning guidance. The NTA aims to improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of drug treatment in England.

  • Website Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO)
    C4EO gathers and disseminates evidence about what works in delivering services for children and young people.

  • Website Research in practice
    This is a large collaborative network of agencies in England and Wales working to improve evidence-informed practice in children’s services. The website section ‘What works for troubled children’ has over 1,000 interactive pages about evidence-based interventions for children and young people with emotional or behavioural problems. They are updated each year by the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at University of Oxford.

  • Website Key elements of effective practice (KEEP)
    These handbooks describe the features of effective services in relation to ten areas, which include mental health, substance misuse, parenting and young people who sexually abuse. The source documents contain the detail of the evidence underpinning the handbooks, identified through systematic evidence reviews.

  • Website YJB directory of emerging practice
    This directory provides details of programmes, templates, processes and documents on a range of practice themes. They are intended to help youth justice services avoid having to start from scratch when improving and adapting their practice.

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