How to use out-of-court disposals

How and when to use out-of-court disposals to prevent offending by children and young people. Guidance for youth offending teams and managers.



It offers detailed information for youth offending teams on:

  • how to assess the child or young person
  • how triage works
  • how Community Resolution is used
  • how Youth Cautions are used
  • how Youth Conditional Cautions work
  • what to do when there are repeat Cautions and Youth Conditional Cautions

It offers detailed information for managers on:

  • following the national standards and your role in reducing reoffending
  • how to make a joint decision with the police, following a full assessment
  • how to draw up a partnership protocol with your police service
  • how decisions are reviewed

For more information, read:

How to use out-of-court disposals: section 1 case management guidance

Work in court: section 2 case management guidance

Manage bail and remands: section 3 case management guidance

Assess young offenders: section 4 case management guidance

How to use reports: section 5 case management guidance

How to use community interventions: section 6 case management guidance

Custody and resettlement: section 7 case management guidance

Ways to improve quality: section 8 case management guidance

Support parents of young offenders: section 9 case management guidance

Published 15 October 2014