Turning young people away from crime

HM Inspectorate of Probation has published ‘Referral orders: do they achieve their potential?’, a report that finds referral orders are the most common community sentence for young people and are more effective than other youth sentences in reducing reoffending, but they are not being delivered as government intended. Referral orders involve a panel of volunteers from the community who decide the best course of action for the young person, to help them turn away from crime. The focus is on reparation to the victim or community, help for the young person to reintegrate back into the community, and restorative justice. The inspection found that overall not enough attention was given locally and nationally to ensuring that referral orders achieved their objectives.

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