Statutory guidance

Referral orders

Guidance on how to deal with children on referral orders.



This guidance gives information on:

  • the legislation setting up referral orders
  • youth offender panels and their part in the referral process
  • making the orders in court
  • the role of youth offending teams
  • recruiting representative panels
  • training and supporting panel members

The revised referral order guidance applies from 9 October 2018.

Published 1 December 2012
Last updated 30 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Welsh version of guidance published.

  2. Guidance updated.

  3. Revised referral order guidance (applies from 13 April 2015) published.

  4. First published.