The Youth Court will impose a Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO) if they feel a referral order or prison sentence isn't appropriate.
Magistrates believe that supervision in the community, supported your parents or carers, is the best option for you. Often, the alternative would be a custodial sentence.
Before imposing a YRO, the court will often consider a pre-sentence report about you. This is prepared by the Youth Justice Service.
A YRO can last from three months up to three years. The court will decide how long it will be.
Conditions imposed by a YRO
YROs place a number of requirements on you, which you must fulfil. The most frequently applied requirements are:
- supervision – you have to report to and engage in work with a Youth Justice Practitioner.
- curfew – you're must stay in your home between set hours (for example 9pm to 7am). You're monitored by a tag (an electronic monitoring device).
These requirements are intended to encourage you:
- to think about your behaviour
- to repair the harm that your offending has caused
- to deal with any problems or difficulties you might be facing
- to access relevant support services
Other requirements, such as mental health or drug treatment, can be imposed, but only after a thorough assessment.
We will expect you to complete some reparation work. We will also work with you to make sure you go to school.
While on the order, you must:
- keep out of trouble with the police
- work with your Youth Justice Practitioner
- attend other groups or activities, if required
- keep appointments (including visits to your home) and work to complete your order
- arrive on time for your appointments
- tell us at once if you change their address.
If you don't comply with your order, you can be returned to court and given a new sentence.
Where to find us
Youth Offending Team, 18 Regent Street, Barnsley, S70 2HG
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm