Assessments made by the Youth Offending Team

A structured assessment, called Asset/Onset, is completed for each young person referred to the YOT. Asset/Onset is a research based assessment tool that practitioners use to identify the causes of a young person’s offending behaviour, the likelihood of re-offending, level of vulnerability and risk of serious harm to others.

Factors such as:

  • Living arrangements
  • Family and personal relationships
  • Education
  • Training and employment
  • Neighbourhood
  • Lifestyle
  • Substance use
  • Physical health
  • Emotional and mental health
  • Perception of self and others
  • Thinking and behaviour Attitudes to offending and
  • Motivation to change

are all considered as well as a number of static factors evidenced to contribute to an increase risk of further offending. An intervention plan is then agreed with the young person and their family to reduce the impact of the identified risks and to strengthen the identified positive factors with the aim of reducing the likelihood of a young person committing further offences.

If the Asset assessment identifies any serious harm indicators a further assessment is completed to determine the level of risk to others. Where significant concerns regarding a young person’s risk of serious harm to others is identified a multi-agency panel is convened to discuss the identified concerns and a risk management plan created.

If the Asset assessment identifies significant vulnerability concerns the case is referred to a multi-agency panel to discuss the identified concerns and a vulnerability management plan is created.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Youth Offending Team

Tel: 01495 768300

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