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Apprenticeship training course

Youth justice practitioner (level 5)

Work with children who have offended or are at risk of offending.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
Typical duration
25 months
Apprenticeship category
Protective services
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Practitioner
  • Intervention Worker
  • Reparation Officer
  • Youth Offending Service Case Manager
  • Youth Offending Service Officer
  • Youth Offending Team Officer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Communicate effectively face to face and in writing (including digitally) with children who encounter the youth justice system
  • Identify the factors that may lead to offending and anti-social behaviour and the methods for promoting desistance, and use these to plan individually tailored interventions.
  • Promote the physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children in the youth justice system by recognising and building on strengths, identifying need and taking action to protect children where necessary.
  • Use a range of engagement skills to promote trust, including clarification of role, purpose of intervention and boundaries of authority.
  • Develop relationships that are collaborative, motivating and child-centred using a range of strategies to engage young people and families (e.g. motivational interviewing, solution focussed methods, participatory practice, pro-social modelling and problem solving).
  • Make effective use of assessment and planning tools designed for use in youth justice settings to inform decision making.
  • Develop, implement and monitor plans which reflect risks and needs, and build on positive human and social capital to promote desistance.
  • Select interventions and approaches to working with young people based on the best available evidence about their effectiveness in promoting desistance from offending.
  • Broker access to sources of human and social capital appropriate to the needs of children in the youth justice system.
  • Be an effective social advocate for children and their families
  • Share and safeguard information about children and their families in line with data protection law
  • identify, assess and meet the needs of children and young people where there are safeguarding concerns
  • Reflect on practice within evidence-based frameworks in order to continuously improve outcomes for children in the youth justice system.
  • Identify any barriers to children’s effective engagement with youth justice interventions and take steps to remove or mitigate these.
  • Actively protect the rights of children, challenge disproportionality and promote equality of opportunity
  • Keep accurate and timely records of all interactions relevant to the assessment, planning, implementation and review cycle.

Full information on Youth justice practitioner (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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