Implementation of orders
An order is made by the courts when someone is found guilty of an offence. It details the punishments people must receive for their offences. A community sentence or a non-custodial sentence means that people will serve their punishment in the community.
The youth offending team at Tower Hamlets is responsible for the implementation and supervision of nearly all orders imposed by the youth court on young people who have been convicted of a criminal offence. The court can also impose a parenting order on the parents of young offenders.
Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales is a non-departmental public body that aims to prevent children and young people from committing offences. When young people first get into trouble, behave anti-socially or commit minor offences, they can be dealt with outside the court system. If children are behaving anti-socially, the police and local authority can use a variety of pre-court orders including:
If the child or young person has committed a first or second minor offence, a system of Reprimands and Final Warnings can be used by the police. If the allegation is sufficiently serious they will be charged with the offence and appear in court.
The purpose of the above pre-court orders is to prevent children and young people from being brought into the youth justice system at an early age, while still offering them the help and support they need to change their behaviour and stop offending.
The Youth Justice Board website explains how the youth justice system works and who and what is involved in the process and system.