Court and sentences

Children who enter the criminal justice system will need to attend, in most cases youth court or crown court where appropriate in order to receive their sentence. Children can only receive the following Orders at court:

  • Referral Order
  • Youth Rehabilitation Order
  • Detention and Training Order
  • Section 91

The national standards and case management guidance holds information that is particularly relevant to creating Pre-Sentence reports (PSRs), time lines and other requirements.

This section holds information and guidance concerning legislation and Court Orders and other reference documents.

Making It Count in Court provides practical guidance and templates to help improve the effectiveness of the pre-court, at-court and post-court experience for children.  
From 30 November 2019, Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS), will roll out location monitoring to youth offending teams (YOT) in London initially, followed by a national roll out in mid-2020. Attached below is the guidance for YOTs around the conditions in which location monitoring should be used.
Summary: Legislative References is a quick guide reference to all statutory duties of Youth Offending Teams.      
The Sentencing Children and Young People: Definitive Guideline is a guideline 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.
New offence of sexual communication with a child was introduced on the 3rd April 2017. You can click here for further information.
This memo is a guide to support transition decisions between Youth Offending and NPS/CRC services, for Youth Offending, NPS and CRC teams (England).
Multi-agency public protection arrangements are in place to ensure the successful management of violent and sexual offenders. This guidance sets out the responsibilities of the police, probation trusts and prison service. It also touches on how other agencies may become involved, for example the Youth Justice Board will be responsible for the care of young offenders. The guidance includes information…
Summary: This form records details of a vulnerable child's specific requirements. Age: 10-17 Sex n/a Cost n/a     Aim: The Ground Rules Hearing form records details of a vulnerable person’s specific requirements including input from any intermediary and therapists involved, so that reasonable adjustments can be put in place.     Description: A Ground Rules Hearing is an additional…
This Operating Briefing is intended to give advice on the operation of Unpaid Work in Youth Offending Teams across England and Wales.
The following guidance, Criminal Practice Directions 2015 Amendment No.3 is in relation to how and when video links should be used for hearings with youth people.
Summary: Overview of what is known about the nature and prevalence of youth crime in England and Wales.     The State of Youth Justice Report, provides an overview of what is known about the nature and prevalence of youth crime in England and Wales. It aims to offer a contextual analysis of trends around the treatment of children and…
Fine Art or Science report is a YJB study from 2009 around sentencing decisions involving young people aged 10 to 17. The report sheds light on some of the influences and reasoning that leads sentencers to choose between custody and community alternatives.
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