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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) - Learning Outcomes

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Educational aims

There are two overarching aims for this certificate:

  • to provide you with appropriate skills, values and understanding required to operate as an practitioner with children and young people who offend or who are at risk of offending, and with the youth justice sector more generally
  • to use your suitable work based experiences to connect your subject knowledge to the skills required of a reflective practitioner.

Learning outcomes

The certificate provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding


  • at an introductory level, some of the theoretical bases for youth justice work
  • basic elements of the empirical and conceptual basis of the youth justice systems in England and Wales and the values on which they are based
  • the function and operation of the youth justice system in England and Wales within the wider context of services for children and their families; mode of operation and key elements of effective practice; the roles and responsibilities of those who work within the system and the agencies that work with them
  • the basic principles of practice that promote equality, diversity and inclusion, and counters all forms of discrimination and exclusion; and how to apply these principles within the youth justice system.

Cognitive skills

Be able to:

  • begin critical interpretation of research evidence and apply it as the basis of evidence-based practice
  • know about and begin to address issues by drawing on a range of professional and theoretical perspectives
  • identify relevant knowledge and understanding that can be applied to improve your practice competence.

Practical and/or professional skills

Be able to:

  • contribute to the planning and delivery of appropriate interventions according to the particular area of practice, the assessed needs of the young people and the resources available
  • demonstrate the ability to understand the tensions in effective partnerships with other people and other agencies
  • actively promote the welfare and life opportunities of children and young people in the youth justice system, supporting and respecting them during periods of transition
  • show in your practice an informed awareness of ethical and legal foundations to effective practice in the youth justice system.

Key skills

Be able to:

  • communicate ideas and theories relating to ethics principles arising from practice, arguing effectively in speech and in writing, and using visual and ICT tools where appropriate
  • identify, present and develop systematic arguments, drawing on appropriate, up-to-date evidence, literature and theory.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Teaching and learning methods will be at least fifty per cent based on the application of learning derived from the modules and directly related to effective practice. At least thirty per cent of the assessment will evaluate your knowledge and understanding of structures and theories in Youth Justice. At least twenty per cent of the assessment will evaluate your development of cognitive and key skills. Assessment will be through TMAs and one EMA per module.

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