Youth Justice Procedure
The principal aim of the North Yorkshire Police (NYP) Youth Justice Procedure is to address and reduce offending behaviour by children and young people (under the age of 18 years) though appropriate mechanisms which drive justice and achieve the best outcomes for victims and communities in North Yorkshire and the City of York.
The framework for dealing with young people who offend is set out in national guidance to police forces and the Youth Justice Service (YJS) and informed by principal legislation contained within the Crime and Disorder Act, 1998 and Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
The NYP Youth Justice Procedure follows national guidance, but also includes the provision to divert young people away from the Criminal Justice System (CJS), either as first time entrants or repeat offenders, in cases where the public interest dictates this to be an appropriate course of action.
The NYP Youth Justice Procedure is designed around the core principles of:
- Diversionary practices, which cause the young person to confront their offending behaviour and repair the harm they have caused – Restorative justice
- A progressive response to offending behaviour, which reserves prosecution in the courts as the last resort
- Effective interventions to prevent offending and re-offending – Targeted Youth Support
- Effective multi-agency working to deal with those young offenders who pose the highest risk of harm to local communities
The NYP policy is designed to complement the national approach to youth justice and contains procedures to be followed once a young person has actually offended. It does not contain guidance on pre-offending preventative activity.Last modified: February 3, 2021 [application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document]