SCYJ briefing on children and custodial sentences for a second knife offence

The SCYJ has published a briefing for YOTs on how children are affected by the new law on custodial sentences for second convictions for knife offences.

This short briefing explains exactly what the new law says, including the discretion it gives courts not to apply a custodial sentence to children. It goes on to explain what the new law means in practice, including what YOTs may want to include in their pre-sentence reports to inform the court’s decision on whether to pass a custodial sentence when a child is convicted of a second knife offence.

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SCYJ response to YJB consultation on 2015/16 expenditure reduction

SCYJ has responded to the Youth Justice Board (YJB) consultation on proposals to reduce its 2015/16 expenditure.

The YJB is required to make £13.5 m savings this financial year and has set out how it proposes to do so in a consultation document. The SCYJ’s response to the consultation can be downloaded below.

SCYJ Guide to the new Anti-social Behaviour Powers

The SCYJ has published a guide for local decision-makers on the new anti-social behaviour powers. The guide sets out local policies and practices that SCYJ reommends are introduced with the new powers.  The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced new ASB powers which will replace ASBOs and other orders. The new civil injunction is the main replacement for the ASBO and came into force on the 23rd March 2015.

SCYJ’s guide to the new powers sets out local policies and practices that SCYJ recommends are introduced alongside the new orders. SCYJ believes that following these research-based recommendations will give the new orders the greatest possible chance of bringing about lasting changes to children’s behaviour and so reducing anti-social behaviour in communities.

The Guide will be relevant to all those with responsibility for implementing the new legislation in relation to children and young people. This includes Directors of Children’s Services, Youth Offending Team (YOT) Managers, Chief Constables, Community Safety teams and Police and Crime Commissioners, amongst others.