A referral order is usually made when a young person appears in court for the first time. Most young people will get a referral order for their first convicted offence.
They will meet regularly with a panel of trained community volunteers, to agree a contract of change to help them towards a more positive life. The young person’s family will usually attend, and the victim is also often invited to participate.
This short video, made by North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service, explains the referral order panel in the English youth justice system.
Our referral order guide is available to view online.