Learning to Use the SAPROF – Youth Version: Assessment of Protective Factors

In this workshop we will focus on protective factors for violence risk in juveniles. The Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk – Youth Version (SAPROF-YV; De Vries Robbé et al., 2014; 2015) is an assessment tool for the evaluation of protective factors in juveniles. It is a structured professional judgment checklist designed to be used in combination with predominantly risk-focused youth assessment tools, such as the SAVRY (Borum et al., 2006). The SAPROF-YV was developed following the international success of the original SAPROF (De Vogel et al., 2007; 2009), a tool for the structured assessment of protective factors in adults. The SAPROF is commonly used in international clinical practice in addition to risk focused adult tools such as the HCR-20V3 (Douglas et al., 2013). Clinicians and researchers working in juvenile violence risk assessment requested for the creation of a specific juvenile version of the SAPROF. The youth version of the SAPROF was developed in 2013-14 and published in English in January 2015. Through offering a specific in depth assessment of protective factors for juveniles, in addition to risk factors already assessed in other tools, the SAPROF-YV aims to complement the youth risk assessment process in order to create a more balanced assessment of future violence risk. The dynamic factors of the SAPROF-YV can be helpful in case formulation, establishing positive treatment goals, evaluating treatment progress and stimulating well informed risk communication. In doing so, protective factors enable a more positive approach to violence prevention. This workshop will focus on the value of protective factors for juveniles in treatment practice. Participants will be introduced to the SAPROF-YV and will be trained in using the SAPROF-YV in combination with risk-focused tools such as the SAVRY, by means of a case study example. Implications for risk assessment and risk management will be discussed and recent research results with the SAPROF-YV will be presented.

For more information about the SAPROF-YV click here.

Learning Objectives:

Learn about protective factors for violence risk in juveniles

Learn about the SAPROF – Youth Version

Practice working with the SAPROF – Youth Version


Ed Hilterman is a sociologist working as a senior scientific researcher at the GGzE Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Since 2008, he is director of a consultancy company specialized in applied research in the justice system in Barcelona, Spain, and teacher at the Catalonian Open University. He has worked as a scientific researcher in the TBS system in The Netherlands and in the juvenile justice system in Catalonia. His research focuses on risk assessment and risk management and he has translated several tools into Dutch and Spanish. Ed is co-author of the SAPROF-Youth Version and also of the DIARI, a need assessment tool for victims of intimate partner violence

Kelly Vullings became involved with the SAPROF-Youth Version project in 2013 during her internship at a correctional institution for juvenile offenders in The Netherlands. Her master thesis contributed to the validation study of the SAPROF-YV pilot version. After graduation, she started working as a sociotherapist at a forensic psychiatric hospital in Utrecht. Additionally, she continued her contribution to the project as she and her colleagues conducted the first validation study of the SAPROF-YV in an outpatient forensic psychiatric juvenile sample in The Netherlands.

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