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: Access to the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales guide to child first.     Description: The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales has published a guide to child first (October 2022). The guide is aimed at those working with children in the youth justice system to support embedding child first principles into all aspects of their role.…
Summary: Information relating to Location monitoring/GPS Tagging conditions and eligibility for children.     Description: Location Monitoring/GPS tagging has been available to all eligible children across England and Wales from 30 March 2020.  GPS tagging or location monitoring as it is also known can be considered as a viable alternative to custody and has the supportive and safeguarding factor to…
Summary: Short video and associated slides, produced by the Ministry of Justice to support youth justice with key changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.     Description: The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act 2022 will take effect on the 28th of June 2022. The Act introduces changes in relation to sentencing, remand, and electronic…
Summary: The College of Policing have published updated guidance on cautioning and charging of knife crime offices, which should be used to shape Police response and Crown Prosecution Service decision making in offences related to knife crime, including those committed by children.     Description: The College of Policing have published guidelines on the cautioning and charging of knife crime…
Summary: The Ministry of Justice have released guidance for staff working with children and young people in England and Wales on the administration of the early and late release scheme     Description: The Ministry of Justice have published early and late release for detention and training orders guidance.    The policy framework sets out rules and guidance for staff…
 Summary: Access to the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years for children and young people.     Description:  The Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care have published SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years statutory guidance.  The guidance is concerned with special educational needs and disability system for children and young…
Summary:   Access to the reducing the criminalisation of children in care and care leavers protocol for Wales.     Description: The Welsh government have published reducing the criminalisation of children in care and care leavers: all Wales protocol (March 2022).  The protocol is a framework for good practice for those working with care experienced children up to the age of…
 Summary: Access to the prevent duty guidance for England and Wales.       Description:  The Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales (updated 2021) is in regards to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which contains a duty on specified authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.    
Summary: Guidance produced by the Department for Education on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children in school and college.     Description:  The Department for Education have published Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children in Schools and Colleges Guidance (updated 2021).  The guidance is intended for schools and colleges on how to prevent…
Summary: Acess to the national protocol for case responsability for youth justice serices in England and Wales produed by the Youth Justice Board.     Description: The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales published the national protocol for case responsibility: practice guidance for youth offending teams in England and Wale (2018).   The guidance promotes consistent practice among youth justice services…
Summary: Acess to the Referral Order Guidance for youth justice services to use with children that have received a Referral Order in Court.     Description:  The Youth Justice Board has published the Referral Order Guidance (October 2018). This guidance gives information on: the legislation setting up referral orders (youth offender) panels and their part in the referral process making the orders…
Summary:  Access to a 10 point checklist endorced by the Crown Prosecution's Service in regard to offences that occur in children's homes.      Description: The Crown Prosecution Service have endorsed a 10 point checklist for offences in Children’s Homes.  Awareness of this best practice checklist can play a role in reducing the number of children looked after unnecessarily charged for…
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