Referral Order Panel Resources – Kent Youth Justice Service (February 2021)

Summary: Attached are a variety of resources created by Kent Youth Justice Service to support children to engage in virtual panels.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a




  • Ensure young people are prepared for virtual panels, ahead of the panel taking place.



With the move to virtual panels because of COVID-19, Kent Youth Justice Service have been keen to ensure children are fully prepared and aware of the panel process, prior to the panels.
Kent Youth Justice Service have acknowledged that some of the children have struggled with the move to virtual panels, especially as they are meeting panel members via a computer screen, therefore their YJ participation apprentices have created a variety of resources to support children in understanding the panel process. The resources created, will also be able to be adapted for when we are able to return to face-to-face panels.

Attached below are the following PowerPoint presentation:

  • RO panel poster – provides children with additional information about the panel process
  • Initial, progress and final panel – provides a walk through to the various stages of the panel process (PowerPoint with and without voiceover)
  • Non-compliance panel – provides children an overview of what the next steps may be (PowerPoint with and without voiceover)
  • Pre court panel talk through what a Referral Order is and what will happen during this type of panel (PowerPoint with and without voiceover)
  • Post court panel  – discuss what it means now that the child has received a Referral Order at Court and talk through the contract (PowerPoint with and without voiceover)
  • Panel member bios – enable children to know some information about their 2 panel members ahead of the panel members (Kent Youth Justice Service also proves the children with pictures of the panel members, which have been removed for publication)



Implementing the practice:

  • Staff are encouraged to use the resources, with the children prior to panel to ensure children understand the panel process, with the aim of alleviating any anxieties that they may have.
  • In order to the voiceover, Kent YJS used PowerPoint function.




Youth offending team: Kent Youth Justice
Name: Lucy Ball