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Other routes to becoming a youth justice worker

Futures scheme

If you’re applying for your first youth justice worker role and happy to work away from home for your first 23 months, you can apply for the ‘Futures’ scheme.

Apply to work at a Young Offender Institution (YOI) near your home and be guaranteed a youth justice worker position there after working away from home for 23 months.

You’ll be able to start your training sooner and get some great additional benefits.


You can apply for this scheme if:

  • you have never worked as a youth justice worker before
  • it would take you at least 75 minutes (90 minutes in London) to travel to one of the YOIs included (calculated using an online route planner – it’s usually over 100 miles away from your home)
  • you are willing to work away from home for your first for 23 months

Find out more about the Futures scheme

Returners’ scheme

If you have previously worked as a youth justice worker and left within the last 5 years, you could fast-track your way back to working in as little as 6 weeks.

Find out more about the Returners’ scheme