The health and well-being needs assessment model template

We have provided two model templates for health and well-being needs assessment (HWBNA) for use across the youth justice system (YJS) – one for community and the other for secure settings (including secure settings that hold children and young people because of concerns about their welfare rather than because they have offended).

Each HWBNA template includes a suggested list of contents, with guidance notes and sample text from the best available evidence, from recent health needs assessments and from other relevant reports.

As you work your way through the template, follow the links to the other sections of the toolkit to find useful information, tools and resources to help you produce your health and well-being needs assessment.

You may find it useful to look through each section of the toolkit to familiarise yourself with the content - and the support available - before beginning your assessment.

Whichever part of the YJS your HWBNA relates to – the community or a secure setting – it is important to bring a whole-system approach to the work. Good community services are needed to support young people before and after their time in a secure setting, and strong links between professionals will ease the transitions that have to be made. See the diagram of the Youth Justice Continuum below (you can also download a pdf of this diagram).

the pathway

CJS: Criminal Justice System
CPS: Crown Prosecution Service
YJS: Youth Justice System
YJLD: Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion
YOT: Youth Offending Team
YPSE: Young People's Secure Estate

This diagram was produced by the Department of Health for the HWBNA toolkit, April 2012.

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