Identification, screening and assessment

Screening tools

These pages summarise a number of short screening tools and provide links to most of them. Those listed do not represent the full range of tools available. Rather, they are those that are being used increasingly in the UK and that have proved helpful so far in identifying the needs, sometimes hidden, that are often experienced by vulnerable young people in or at risk of contact with the Youth Justice System. They are also ones that have a good level of scientific validation (meaning that have been tested robustly for accuracy and reliability). Most do not need to be applied by a health specialist and can be used with minimal training.

There is no right or wrong way to use the tools listed here. They are offered as possible options for you to consider and certainly not as a list of tools to work through with every young person.

Do contact us about other screening tools that we should consider including. We would also welcome brief case studies that highlight how you have used any of these tools and why you have chosen to use one tool rather than another.

In addition to the screening tools listed below, you can find examples of locally adapted screening and assessment tools developed and used by the YJLD pathfinders in the emerging practice section of this toolkit.

Click on the links below for more information and access to each of the tools. You can also download a PDF document containing information and access to all the screening tools featured here.

Vulnerability Tools available
Safeguarding and other needs CAF form and pre-assessment checklist
Common Assessment Framework
Mental Health HoNOSCA
Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents
Screening Questionnaire Interview for Adolescents (Mental Health)
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument - Second version
Learning disabilities LDSQ
Learning Disability Screening Questionnaire
Hayes Ability Screening Index
Substance misuse AUDIT
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test - short version
Care, Relax, Alone, Family, Friends, Trouble
Adolescent SASSI A2
Substance Use Subtle Screening Inventory
Autism GARS – 2
Gilliam Autism Rating Scale - Second edition
The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ)– adolescent version
Acquired brain injury Currently no specific tool available. Recommended screening questions are:

1. Have you ever lost consciousness for more than 10 minutes after a blow to the head?

2. Has this happened on more than one occasion?
Physical health GAPS
Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services
Teen Screen NHS Teen girls’ health website NHS Teen boys’ health website

For examples of locally adapted screening and assessment tools developed and used by the YJLD pathfinders, view the emerging practice section of this toolkit.

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