Youth out-of-court disposals: guide for police and YOTs

Advice for police and youth offending teams (YOT) on how to use out-of-court disposals for children and young people.



It is intended to help you consider and use any of the out-of-court disposals. It is not statutory guidance, nor a substitute for legal advice.

It is for the police and YOTs, however it will also be of use to the following organisations:

  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • children’s services
  • victim’s services
  • magistrates
  • the National Appropriate Adult Network

It is produced by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) and the Ministry of Justice, and is endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

It should be read in conjunction with sections 135–138 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.

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