Research and analysis

Social workers in young offender institutions: an evaluation

Independent report by the National Child Bureau (NCB) evaluating the role of social workers in young offender institutions.



This report describes:

  • the evaluation approach and methodology
  • data collection and analysis
  • funding, filling and supporting social work posts in young offender institutions
  • reflections on the role: skills and experience; support and management
  • social work in the youth justice environment
  • working with home local authorities
  • outcomes

It looks at the nature and range of work by social workers, and analyses:

  • snapshot surveys
  • monitoring data

The report also looks at views on :

  • the overall value of posts
  • the current model and future developments
  • social workers employed by local authorities
  • designated social workers based within youth offender institutions
  • possible future developments
Published 2 January 2008