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 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 18 and…
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 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: 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:  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…
Summary: Acess to the national protocol on reducing criminalisation of children looked after and care leavers produced by the Department for Education.       Description: The Department for Education, in partnership with statutory and voluntary sector have published the National Protocol on Reducing Unnecessary Criminalisation of Looked-After Children and Care Leavers.    The aim of the protocol isto support the work…
Summary: Access to the joint housing protocol for care leavers to help reduce homelessness.   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government together with Department for Education have published a the following guidance: Joint housing protocols for care leavers: good practice advice ~(2020) to support councils to help ensure care leavers have the stable homes they need and prevent them…
Summary: Access to the Unpaid Work operating briefing for children 16/17 years of age.      Description: The Unpaid Work operating briefing aims to give advice on the operation of Unpaid Work in youth justice services across England and Wales.   The briefing outlines the requirements/expectations for the youth justice services, National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies.
Summary:  Generic overview of information concerning age assessments for unaccompanied and separated asylum seeking children.     Description: Unaccompanied and separated asylum seeking children, is an asylum-seeking child under the age of 18 and not accompanied by a close relative. Almost all of these children have no form of identification, and therefore have no way of proving their age with…
Summary:  Agreed definition of prevention and diversion.       Description: Part of the Prevention and Diversion Project, funded by National Probation Service (NPS) and jointly commissioned with YJB and Association of YOT Managers (AYM), was to develop a shared definition of prevention and diversion. Following consultation with various stakeholders, definitions for prevention and diversion have been created in alignment with…
Summary:  Overview and link to the serious incident notifications standard operating procedures and serious incident reporting form.     Aims: Support youth justice services in England and Wales to notify the Youth Justice Board when a serious incident occurs.     Description: The Serious Incidents Notification - Standard Operating Procedures for Youth Offending Teams sets out what staff working in the…
Summary: MoJ Race Disparity Team have developed a guide to support those working in the CJS to work in a more effective way with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.    The Ministry of Justice’s Race Disparity team have developed this guide for criminal justice staff about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. The booklet is intended for both operational staff and…
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