This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of assessment and intervention planning with young people who offend. It will help equip practitioners with the knowledge and professional skills central to these critically important tasks. The context for practice is changing rapidly and the authors take into account current policy developments along with a wide range of literature on assessment practice in criminal justice and social care. The book encourages readers to think critically and to take practical steps to enhance their own practice. It will be important reading for anyone working with young people who offend.
Kerry Baker is based at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, specialising in applied research on assessment practice, risk management and public protection. She is also an advisor to the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. Gill Kelly and Bernadette Wilkinson are independent trainers working with practitioners and managers in youth justice, probation services and the secure estate. They run KWP Consultancy and are both Associate Lecturers at Birmingham University.
Introduction; Part One: Professional practice in assessment and intervention planning: Essential foundations of assessment practice; Judgements and decision making; The knowledge base; Part Two: Tools and processes: Using assessment tools; Planning interventions; Reports; Communication and working with other agencies; Part Three: Skills and practice development: Skills in assessment; Developing assessment practice; Conclusion; Appendix: Assessment tools - additional references.