Legislation and guidance documents

This section contains links to relevant youth justice legislation and operational guidance to support operational delivery of youth justice services.

 

The aim of this section it to provide a place for operational staff to access links to legislation and other official guidance that can support working with children, families, victims and key partners.

 

If you would like to submit guidance or tell us of regularly used legislation that is relevant to supporting operational delivery of youth justice services to the Youth Justice Resource Hub, please complete the submission form.

Summary: Link to the Sentencing Children and Young People: Definitive Guideline 2017.      Description: The Sentencing Children and Young People: Definitive Guideline (2017) is for use in courts in England and Wales on the overarching principles for sentencing children and young people. In addition it includes specific guidelines for sentencing Sexual and Robbery Offences.
Summary: The Bar Standards Board have published competences and guidance to support all barristers practising in youth proceedings.     Description: The Bar Standards Board has created the Youth Proceedings Competences. The purpose of the competences and guidance is to support all barristers practising in youth proceedings, and those contemplating doing so to improve the standards of advocacy.
Summary: Link to the guidance and toolkit, to improve the effectiveness of pre and post Court as well as at Court experience of children.      Description: The Youth Justice Board published Making It Count in Court (2020). The guidance and toolkit provide practical guidance and templates to help improve the effectiveness of the pre-court, at-court and post-court experience for children.   
Summary: Access to the Multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) guidance for the management of violent and sexual offenders.      Description: Multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) are in place to ensure the successful management of violent and sexual offenders.  The multi-agency public protection arrangements guidance sets out the responsibilities of the police, probation trusts and prison service. The guidance includes information…
Summary:  Legislative References is a quick guide to all statutory duties of youth justice services.     Description: Legislative References has been created to support youth justice services to access, at a quick glance key legislative duties from:   Crime and Disorder Act 1998 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 Bail Act…
Summary:  Access to frequently asked questions concerning transfer of AssetPlus Stages between youth justice services and the Secure Estate.      Description: The Youth Justice Board has produced a frequently asked questions document, transferring AssetPlus Stages between youth justice services and the Secure Estate (2018). The purpose is to support practitioners when transferring children to the Secure Estate.
Summary: Link to the standards for children in the youth justice system, which are the minimum standards expected for agencies providing statutory services.     Description: The standards for children in the youth justice system, (2019), are the current standards that define the minimum expectation for all agencies that provide statutory services to ensure good outcomes for children in the…
Summary: Link to the Criminal Practice Directions 2015 Amendment No.3 guidance.       Description: Criminal Practice Directions 2015 Amendment No.3 guidance is concerned to how and when video links should be used for hearings with children.
Summary: Citizen Advice have published information for children who need to attend court as a witness.   Citizen Advice have published Going to Court as a witness, if you’re under 18, which shares information around talking to the Police and going to Court as a witness.
Summary: Childline have published some guidance for children who need to attend Court both as a witness or as a defendant. Childline have published Going to Court Guide for children going to Court both as a witness as well as a defendant. There is information around the type of words that a child may hear in Court, what happens in…
Summary: Link to the Sentencing Act 2020. The Sentencing Act 2020 creates the Sentencing Code, which brings together the legislative provisions which courts in England and Wales refer to when making sentencing decisions – for example, different types of sentences. Its scope covers adult and youth sentencing. It does not affect maximum penalties for criminal offences or release provisions.  Anyone…
Summary: Link to videos for children that explain the process of disclosures and spend convections.     Aims: Accessible videos to explain disclosure and spent convictions.   Description: Attached below are three videos, which are accessible through YouTube, created by Nacro that may be used by children and parents/carers concerning disclosure and spent convictions. Young People with Criminal Records: Do…
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