SCYJ guidance to YOTs on anonymity for children in trouble with the law

Today the SCYJ has launched its new resources for Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) on anonymity for children in trouble with the law, to help ensure the YOTs views are heard in court.

When children in trouble with the law are named by the press or in the local community, it can have serious implications for the work of YOTs, the children themselves, and their families. Courts decide whether a child in trouble can be identified. However, they often do so without considering the YOT’s views. This is troubling, given the important insights YOTs will have on the impact of naming on the child.

The Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ) has developed resources for YOTs to help tackle this problem. Our short guide sets out four steps YOTs can take to ensure their views are taken into account by the court. These steps are summarised in an easy-to-follow flow chart, while a separate flow chart helps YOTs to ascertain whether reporting restrictions apply automatically in any given case, and when an application must be made.

All of these resources are free to download and print but YOTs can be sent a hardcopy free of charge. Please contact alexandra.stefanou@scyj.org.uk if your YOT would like a free copy.

The resources can be downloaded from this page.