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 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…
Summary: Protocol drafted by HM Courts and Tribunals Service, which outlines how cases will be heard within a single Court to avoid unnecessary travel for children, police and other agencies.     Description: The protocol has been drafted by HM Courts and Tribunals Service and agreed with other criminal justice partners. It outlines how cases will be heard within a…
Summary: Access to the how to make resettlement constructive document published in 2018 by the Youth Justice Board’s.      Description: In 2018, the Youth Justice Board published how to make resettlement constructive document. The document lays out the current evidence base in resettlement work. Constructive resettlement differs from previous approaches in that it places at its core, enabling the child…
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