A sentencing option for children who have pleaded guilty to an offence. If given a referral order a child is referred to a Youth Offender Panel with a parent. The child agrees a contract with the panel. A referral order can be from 3 months-12months.
This case highlights the current problems with the retention and disclosure of childhood criminal records. There is a real lack of clarity for children and young adults on what / when they have to disclose convictions & cautions. @unlockcharity is a great source of advice & info. twitter.com/ChrisStacey/st…
For Pupils and Junior Barristers! We are holding 2-day training course 3&10 March in central London. This training is an essential course for those who will be appearing in the youth court and representing children in the adult criminal courts. Book here: bit.ly/2EG27W8pic.twitter.com/I5IhWiRvd9
Another concerning disclosure case. Police and CPS have a legal duty to protect the welfare of all children including suspects. Police ‘ignored’ internet messages that cleared teenage rape suspect. bit.ly/2EnRK67