module specification

SC5084 - Supporting Children with the Youth Justice System (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Supporting Children with the Youth Justice System
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
60 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
60 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
0 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   2500 word essay allowing students to demonstrate their individual ability to develop an intervention plan for a child
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

The aim of this module is to support students to understand and evaluate the ways in which the youth justice sector supports children. The module will help students to understand what support mechanisms are needed within what settings and how their practice can help empower the child and their existing support network to take advantage of wider support structures.

The module will be assessed through a case study scenario where the student needs to outline an intervention programme for a child.

By the end of the module, students will be able to understand presenting needs of children, identify appropriate interventions for children to critically assess the effectiveness of their current YOT interventions.

Prior learning requirements

Pre-requisite – Personal and social factors impacting Children and Young People
Co-requisite – Safeguarding Children, Professional Practice 1


Topic and Learning Outcomes 
Understanding Support LO 1 - LO 4
Out of Court Disposals LO 1 - LO 4
Engaging the Family LO 1 - LO 4
Trauma Informed Approaches LO 1 - LO 4
Supporting those involved in serious youth violence LO 1 - LO 4
Substance misuse Support LO 1 - LO 4
Restorative Justice LO 1 - LO 4
Educational (re)engagement LO 1 - LO 4
Use community interventions LO 1 - LO 4
Supporting Victims LO 1 - LO 4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module comprises of 30 weeks taught workshops supported by guided learning in the form of suggested reading available on weblearn. All workshops will be recorded and lecture slides and recordings will be available on line.

The workshops will combine the theoretically basis for the national standards for youth justice services with the opportunity for students to apply this knowledge to historical cases. Each workshop will contain a group work element where students discuss particular standards in light of a scenario presented in the workshop and have their application of the standard’s peer reviewed.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. Understand the different interventions available within the youth justice sector
2. Evaluate the effectiveness of current interventions used by youth justice professionals
3. Demonstrate the ability to understand the risks that children face and develop an appropriate support plan to best support children at risk of reoffending
4. Assess the wider factors that may impact child’s ability to engage with youth justice services and the and the ability of youth justice services to engage with particular children.
5. Show competence in regards to the Standards for children in the justice system and relevant areas of the Youth Justice Skills and Knowledge Matrix at Induction and Foundation level (YJSAKM – I14/I15/I16/I18/I23-25/I35-37/F7-9/F21/F32-33/F41-43/F56-57/F59/F69)

Assessment strategy

The module will have one assessment, a 2500 word essay which will allow students to demonstrate they can identify what interventions will best help children supported by the youth justice system. The assessment will be in the form of a case study whereby the students will need to outline a support plan for the child identified in the case study.



Core Text:
Arthur, R., 2010. Young offenders and the law: how the law responds to youth offending. Routledge, London.

Arthur, R., 2007. Family life and youth offending: home is where the hurt is. Routledge, London.

Burke, R.H., 2016. Young people, crime and justice, 2nd edition. ed. Routledge, Taylor &
Francis Group, Abingdon.

Crawford, A., Newburn, T., 2003. Youth offending and restorative justice: implementing reform in youth justice. Willan, Cullompton.

Ioannou, M. Synnott, John, Lowe, Emma ,Tzani-Pepelasi, Calli1, 2018. Applying the Criminal Narrative Experience Framework to Young Offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology. 62, 4091–4107. Suzuki, M. Wood,

William R.., 2018. Is restorative justice conferencing appropriate for youth offenders? Criminology & Criminal Justice: An International Journal. 18, 450–467.

Watkins, M., Johnson, D., Gibson, B., Stanley, C., 2010. Youth justice and the Youth Court: an introduction. Waterside Press, Hook.

Additional Texts

Callaghan, J., Bridget2Pace, Francis3Vostanis, Panos4, 2003. Mental health support for youth offending teams: a qualitative study. Health & Social Care in the Community. 11, 55–63.

Cary, M. , Stephen Baruch, Geoffrey Hickey, Nicole Byford, Sarah , 2013a. Economic Evaluation of Multisystemic Therapy for Young People at Risk for Continuing Criminal Activity in the UK. PLoS ONE. 8, 1–6.

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (Great Britain), 2009. Prevention and youth crime: is early intervention working? Policy Pr, Bristol, UK.

Choi, J.J. eduGree., Diane Gilbert, Michael , 2011. Putting a Human Face on Crimes: A Qualitative Study on Restorative Justice Processes for Youths. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal. 28, 335–355.

Drakeford, M.D. ac. u., 2010. Devolution and youth justice in Wales. Criminology & Criminal Justice: An International Journal. 10, 137–154.

Ellis, T., Nick Lewis, Chris, 2009. Public protection in youth justice? The Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme from the inside. International Journal of Police Science & Management. 11, 393–413.

King, E., Dora Petch, Victoria Wright, Angela , 2014. Perceptions of support-seeking in young people attending a Youth Offending Team: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry. 19, 7–23.

Knowles, S.E. Townsen., Ellen, Anderson, Martin P.., 2012. Youth Justice staff attitudes towards screening for self-harm. Health & Social Care in the Community. 20, 506–515.

McVey, M., 2016. Re-engaging disconnected youth: Transformative learning through restorative and social justice education. International Review of Education / Internationale Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft. 62, 647–649.

Mutter, R.S., David, 2008. Family group conferences in youth justice. Health & Social Care in the Community. 16, 262–270.

Paton, J., William Camic, Paul , 2009. Young Offenders’ Experiences of Traumatic Life Events: A Qualitative Investigation. Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry. 14, 43–62.

PAYLOR, I. , CHERYL, 2004. Evaluating Youth Justice in the UK. American Journal of Evaluation. 25, 335–349.

Phoenix, J.J. 2010. Pre-sentence reports, magisterial discourse and agency in the Youth Courts in England and Wales. Punishment & Society. 12, 348–366.

Prichard, J., 2010. Net-Widening and the Diversion of Young People From Court: A Longitudinal Analysis With Implications for Restorative Justice. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology (Australian Academic Press). 43, 112–129.

Walsh, J., Victoria Notley, Caitlin Dodsworth, Jane, Schofield, Gillian, 2011. Perception of need and barriers to access: the mental health needs of young people attending a Youth Offending Team in the UK. Health & Social Care in the Community. 19, 420–428.

Waters, I., 2007. The police, intelligence, and young offenders. International Journal of Police Science & Management. 9, 244–256.

National Standards for Youth Justice Services April 2013 Youth Justice Board for England and Wales