Youth Justice Effective Practice Certficate

Want to work in youth justice?

Since it started in 2012 we have had a significant number of students on our YJEPC course who do it because they are interested in work within the youth justice system.  Many of these have gone on to get employment in the sector.  

The YJEPC: a professional qualification in youth justice

The Youth Justice Effective Practitioner Certificate (YJEPC) is a distance learning course that’s helping staff in youth justice (community and secure settings) become more professional and more effective. Since it was introduced in 2012 it has been achieved by over 1000 practitioners.  It is also fully integrated with the Youth Justice Professional Framework (YJPF). The next cohort starts on 16th October 2017 and registrations are now open. Course costs are £595 per person + VAT.

Register your interest in our October cohort by clicking the icon at the bottom of this page.

National recognition

The YJEPC has been commissioned by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and is endorsed by Skills for Justice Awards as an approved learning programme for youth justice professionals. It has been used by over half of the UK’s Youth Offending Teams.

‘I felt that it was time for new challenges which would add to my skills and knowledge base . The personal achievement I felt when I passed the YJEPC was enormous.’
Course structure

34 weeks of distance learning, requiring 300 hours of study arranged in six blocks:

  1. Evolution of the Youth Justice System
  2. Theories of Youth Offending
  3. ‘What Works’ & Risk Management
  4. The Intervention Cycle
  5. Engaging Young People
  6. Desistance and the Effective Practitioner
What do you get?
  • Allocated highly qualified and experienced tutor
  • Extensive interactive digital resources compatible with all smartphone and tablet devices
  • Distance learning course offering flexible and mobile learning
  • Essential Textbooks
  • Exceptional customer service and IT support
  • Highly affordable course and cost effective products

*NEW* digital app-based resource
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Students can download the course programme onto a tablet or smart phone device and study on the go. This flexible learning allows students to engage in the interactive resources without access to Wi-Fi. There are lots of new features including audio presentation, self-check points and the programme is rich in case studies and applied resources so that you do not have to be working in a youth justice setting to complete the YJEPC.

The interface is very user friendly, providing a clear structure of how to move through the modules. I also really liked the fact that you could underline and highlight sections on the additions texts, as this is something I would normally do.

Assessment is through regular, tutor-marked assignments at the end of each block, allowing for feedback and guidance.


All students are supported by an expert tutor via email and telephone throughout the course.


There are no prior study requirements, but the content is equivalent to a second year undergraduate degree and students will be judged on well written assignments.

Start Dates

The YJEPC is a 34-week course that can be started in March or October. The next cohort starts on 27th March 2017. To register your interest please click the link at the bottom of this page.

Course formats

Depending on your style of learning you can choose to take the YJEPC with different styles of learning material.

Find out more

If you would like to enrol in the YJEPC or simply to find out more, please contact the Unitas Academy team to register your interest.

If you are currently enrolled on the YJEPC, please see the relevant Policies and Documentation  section pertaining to your cohort, using the password you have been given.

This gave me a better insight into youth justice and it has made me a much more confident practitioner. I feel much more positive about pursuing a career in youth justice.