New practitioner tools to reduce risk of re-offending
Children and Youth Services is introducing some important new case and risk management tools to assist in reducing rates of re-offending amongst clients of Community Youth Justice Services.
The Community Supervision Practice Pilot (2010-11) identified new work practices and resources to enhance Youth Justice Workers’ case management of young offenders. A key objective was that clients of Youth Justice Services were assessed and relevant interventions provided that were targeted to their needs.
As part of the Community Youth Justice Supervision Practice Model, these three key resources have now been introduced across Tasmania:
- Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) risk assessment tool
- Changing Habits and Reaching Targets (CHART) Program and
- New Case Plan Pro Forma
These resources assist Youth Justice Workers to reduce the risks of clients’ further offending by addressing the causes of offending, increasing clients’ levels of competence and ability to take their place in the community, identifying support networks, and enabling clients to have an increased sense of personal control.
Youth Level of Service/ Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) assessment tool
- The YLS/CMI assists Youth Justice Workers to assess risk, need, and responsivity factors and to formulate a case plan for young offenders aged 12-17.
- The YLS/CMI enables workers to triage clients and best target scarce resources to meet the needs of high risk/needs clients and reduce the risks of reoffending.
- More than 20 workers have now been trained to use the new tool, and a Practice Guide is available for Youth Justice staff online.
- An easy-to-use electronic version of the YLS/CMI has been evaluated, and from December this will be used by Youth Justice Workers across the State.
The Changing Habits and Reaching Targets (CHART) Program
- Every client assessed as having a High or Very High risk of reoffending – by using the YLS/CMI Risk Assessment Tool – is supervised using the CHART Program.
- CHART is a practical tool to support Youth Justice Workers’ casework with young offenders and address their offending needs. It uses active, participatory learning methods and employs a skills-oriented, cognitive-behavioural approach.
- All Youth Justice Workers have been trained to use CHART, which is now used across both Community Youth Justice and the Ashley Youth Detention Centre (AYDC).
- Clients on the CHART program who transition between Community Youth Justice and AYDC are able to continue their program in a seamless manner. A Practice Guide for CHART has been developed and is available for Youth Justice staff online.
Case Management and Review
- A Case Plan Pro Forma has been developed in consultation with Youth Justice Workers and now provides workers with a consistent case management tool for use with clients.
- Two new Key Performance Indicators have been developed for the case management and review process. The first ensures that case plans are completed within six weeks of sentencing, and the second that case plans are reviewed within set timeframes during the completion of orders.
- A Practice Guide has been developed to guide Youth Justice Workers in their use of the Case Plan Pro Forma and is available online.
The information contained in this Fact Sheet is correct at 29 November 2011.