What happens next?

When you first receive your Order you might feel a mix of emotions. You might feel scared, embarrassed, frustrated or nervous. Don't worry, we are here to support you. When you first meet with your Case Manager, they will explain to you what will happen throughout the course of your Order, what you can expect from us and what we expect from you. You might have to come see us once a week, sometimes more and sometimes less - this depends on the order that you receive. 

What is an Out Of Court Disposal?

An out of court disposal (OOCD) can be issued by the Police/Case Manager without the need for you to go to court. These are usually issued for lower level (less serious) or first time offences. There are different types of Out Of Court Disposals:

 Informal ones are known as a Community Resolution in St Helens.

 Youth Cautions mean you will be asked to accept some conditions that may help you not to re-offend again.

Youth Conditional Cautions mean you must accept some conditions of sessions you will complete and if you refuse to accept these your case may go to court after all.

Please have a look at the OOCD leaflet attached in Related documents to find out how these might affect your criminal record.


What is a Referral Order?

A Referral Order is the community sentence most often used by the courts when dealing with 10 to 17 year olds who plead guilty (admit to committing the offence). Referral Orders require the child to agree to a contract of intervention, including reparation. A Referral Order can last between 3 to 12 months. You can now get a second Referral Order if you re-offend. 



What is a Youth Rehabilitation Order?

The Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO) is used for children who have already had a Referral Order or who have been found guilty after a trial.

The maximum period a YRO can last is three years. There is no limit to the number of times you can get a YRO. If you get a YRO it will have things called ‘requirements’ attached to it. These ‘requirements’ e.g. tag - are things you have to do as part of your Court Order.


What is a Detention Training Order?

Detention Training Order (DTO) is a custodial sentence for 12-17 year olds. It combines Detention with Training and will be used for children who commit a serious offence or commit a number of offences.

Half of the sentence will be spent in custody and the other half will be supervised by the Youth Justice Service (YJS) out in the community. There will be a lot of time spent on training and education to help young people stop offending when their sentence is finished.



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