Out of court disposals process

If you get in trouble with the Police and admit to committing a minor offence, the Police may refer you to the Targeted Youth Support service.

When we receive your referral we will get in touch and arrange to meet with you and with your parents.

The worker will ask you questions about your life, about the trouble you are in and about your family.  They will want to work with you to make a plan for you to stay out of trouble.

Depending on what they worker thinks, how serious your offence is and whether or not you have been in trouble before, we will recommend one of 4 possible outcomes:

Diversion

You, your parents or carers and your worker will agree a brief plan of work.  The work will be based on what you have told will help you stay out of trouble and what we think will help you.  We may agree to refer you to another agency if we think they can help and you and your parents/ carers agree.

Diversion will normally only be available for your first offence and only if it is relatively minor.

The plan you agree is compulsory and you must complete all parts of it.

Youth Caution

You, your parents and your carers with your worker will agree a plan of work. The work will be based on what you have told will help you stay out of trouble and what we think will help you.  We may agree to refer you to another agency if we think they can help and you and your parents/ carers agree.

The Youth Caution is normally available for first offences that are more serious or if you have previously had a Diversion intervention and re-offended.

The plan you agree is compulsory and you must complete all parts of it.

Youth Conditional Caution

You, your parents or carers and your work will agree a plan of work that will last up to 3 months.  The requirements of the plan will form a condition of your caution.  The plan will be based on what you have told us will help you stay out of trouble and what we think will help you.  It may also include some restrictions on where you can go, what you can do or who you can talk to.

A Youth Conditional Caution is a serious sanction and is for more serious offences or if you have previously been in trouble with the police and we are concerned that this may happen again.

The plan you agree is compulsory and if you don’t complete it, you can be sent to court.

Referral to Court

If, when we talk to you, your parents and carers and other people who may know you we are concerned that you may not complete an out of court disposal without getting in more trouble or we feel that the offence is too serious for you to be given an out of court disposal we will refer you to court.