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The Introduction of Referral Orders into the Youth Justice System. First Interim Report (RDS Occasional Paper No.70)

Newburn, Tim, Crawford, Adam, Earle, Rod, Goldie, Shelagh, Hale, Chris, Masters, Guy, Netten, Ann, Saunders, Robin, Sharpe, Karen, Uglow, Steve and others. (2001) The Introduction of Referral Orders into the Youth Justice System. First Interim Report (RDS Occasional Paper No.70). Home Office, London, UK, 88 pp. ISBN 1-84082-694-0. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:10820)

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The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 introduces a new primary sentencing disposal - the referral order - for 10-17 year olds pleading guilty and convicted for the first time by the courts. The disposal involves referring the young offender to a youth offender panel (YPO). The work of YOPs is to be governed by the principles 'underlying the concept of restorative justice': defined as 'restoration, reintegration and responsibility' (Home Office 1997, 31-32).

Referral orders are currently being piloted in eleven areas: Blackburn with Darwen, Cardiff, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Swindon, Suffolk, Wiltshire, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster. The introduction of referral orders was staggered across the pilot areas over the summer 2000. It is intended that national roll-out of referral orders will being in 2002.

This report concentrates on the first phase of pilots covering the period of staff and community panel member recruitment, the first training programme, the views of the Youth Court clerks and magistrates and the initial experiences emerging from the panels.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: R. Bass
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2008 16:46 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2023 09:14 UTC
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Hale, Chris.

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Netten, Ann.

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