Youth Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice (SW4718) Short Course

Youth Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice (SW4718) Short Course

The aim of this module is to provide participants with a critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives underpinning the policy and practice of the Youth Justice system in England and Wales.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards. 

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Part-time within one semester: weekly 3 hour lecture for 10 weeks, along with self-directed study time to complete assessment.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: To be confirmed. To be notified please email

Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at existing Youth Offending Service practitioners and also social care practitioners who may be considering practice within a youth justice setting, or seeking to enhance existing understanding of youth justice issues.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level. 

Course Content

The aim of this module is to provide participants with a critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives underpinning the policy and practice of the Youth Justice system in England and Wales. The module provides opportunities for participants to explore current paradigms of practice; question their efficacy in light of research evidence and critically reflect upon practice issues within the youth justice setting.

The module covers topics including:

  • Classical and Positivist contributions to Criminal Justice
  • Assessing Risk in an ‘Actuarial’ age: Contemporary issues in risk assessment
  • Post Austerity Youth Justice
  • Equality and diversity issues in contemporary youth justice practice and policy
  • The International context: Exploring comparative systems of Youth Justice

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment

The module is assessed using two assessment elements. The first element is a 3,000 word essay based on a Case Study and represents 70% of the overall total for the module. The second element is a 15 minute Reflective Account submitted in a filmed format and represents 30% of the overall total for the module. 

Academic Expertise

Mike Blackmon, Module Leader  

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Explain and critique the complex challenges associated with youth justice service delivery
  • Critically evaluate historical and contemporary conflicts/dilemmas in relation to youth justice legislation and policy
  • Analyse the changing value and ethical bases underpinning youth justice practice
  • Critically reflect on young people and their families’ experience of youth justice services
  • Critically reflect on skills and competences required to work in Youth justice practice.


Industry links & professional accreditation

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:
Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Community Justice
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Professional Development and Practice

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit


Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361