The AYM offers members a number of opportunities to support staff development and share and improve best practice.
Youth Justice SEND Quality Award
Together with ‘Achievement for All’, the AYM has developed a quality award for practice with children in the youth justice system with special educational needs and disability (SEND). The Youth Justice SEND Quality Mark recognises consistently high levels of practice with children with SEND.
In addition to this, the Youth Justice SEND Quality Lead is awarded to those YOTs who provide evidence and case studies of improved outcomes for children in their local area through effective partnership working.
The standards for the award were developed with the support of the Department of Education and the YJB and with input from academics and practitioners, and is valid for three years.
One of the benefits of AYM membership is being able to gain access to two courses offered uniquely to managers in youth justice, meaning you train with others who work in youth justice, rather than the wider public sector. The two courses we offer are:-
Aspiring Future Leaders course
This is aimed at operational and team managers who are wishing to progress to Head of Service/YOT manager or other more strategic roles in the public sector.
ILM 7 Development Programme
This is aimed at Heads of Service and offers an opportunity to work with other Heads of Service on developing approaches to a chosen aspect for improvement in your own service.
The John Hawkins’ Award
The John Hawkins’ Award is presented annually to a youth offending service for innovation and creativity in youth justice practice. It is usually presented towards the end of the year at the Youth Justice Convention in either November or December.
John was Head of East Sussex YOT and treasurer of the AYM, until his untimely death in 2011: the award is established in his memory with agreement from John’s family.