Youth Justice Effective Practice Certificate

The YJEPC is the most widely held qualification in youth justice with well over 1000 practitioners having completed it in the last few years. Staff  from over two thirds of YOTs and all YOIs have successfully participated. This popular qualification brings together the current state of theory, practice and evidence to provide the knowledge, confidence and evidence base to make more effective judgements. It provides a framework to assess new ideas and new evidence arising in the future as your practice continues to be developed. 

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Course content

The YJEPC is accredited by Skills for Justice Awards, endorsed by the YJB and recognised by the University of Suffolk as representing 60 credits towards a youth justice degree. 

The course covers the current research, theory and practice in youth justice. It helps students explore and assess new evidence in a changing discipline. It is arranged in six blocks: why young people offend, working effectively, assessment and planning, engagement and participation, custody and resettlement, desistance. These learning blocks are studied sequentially over 30 weeks. 

How the courses are delivered

The YJEPC is a distance learning course.  Students are supplied with a comprehensive range of learning materials , all that is needed to complete the course. Most of the learning on the course is undertaken via an innovative and engaging suite of digital resources which include interactive video resource case studies and learning and knowledge checks. These digital resources can be accessed either online on a PC or laptop or by being downloaded as a series of apps on to tablets and mobile phones, and therefore do not require access to Wi-Fi once downloaded, as well as being very portable and flexible. Students will also be supplied with hardcopy materials including textbooks and a range of stationery. 


What support do I get?

Students will be assigned a learning coach who is very experienced in youth justice as well as in supporting and assessing learners. They offer support by phone, email or Skype to provide students with advice and guidance as needed, particularly around the preparation and completion of assignments. They will assess assignments and provide detailed feedback on each piece of work. 

'Just received my final course mark which I am delighted with, I would like to say a massive thank you for the support I have received from my tutor through the entire length of the course' - YJEPC Student

Registration and Fees

The next cohort of the YJEPC starts on Monday 28th October 2019 with registrations being taken now.

The cost is £750 + VAT.

Student Sponsorship

If you or your organisation are sponsoring a student(s)

More information

We have this information in a leaflet, which you can download here: 

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of our team, please use our contact form

‘I can honestly say that a lot of the principles from the YJEPC have stuck with me and help me in my daily practice at work.’ - Prison Officer