The panel deals with offences by young people which may be diverted from court under some circumstances.
The youth outcomes panel is a partnership between North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Youth Justice and York Youth Offending Team. The panel considers the most appropriate police disposal for young people who have committed a criminal offence. The panel ensure police disposals are:
- proportionate to the crime committed;
- effective in reducing first time entrants to the criminal justice system; and
- effective in reducing the likelihood of further offending.
The panel encourage a restorative approach with victims, looks to address the causes of the young person’s offending and aims to ensure appropriate outcomes for disadvantaged young people, such as looked after children or young people with social, emotional or mental health needs.
Outcomes from the panel can range from no further action through to being charged in court. Youth cautions and youth conditional cautions can include disposals outside the criminal justice system, including community restorative disposal or drug arrest referral.
The panel takes part in a wide range of work with young people, linking in with key local partners. Example include:
- attending Elevate (junior attendance centre);
- engaging with victim liaison officers;
- engaging with restorative justice conference and £50 compensation;
- engaging with youth justice service to address victim awareness;
- engaging with children and families service to raise awareness of or improve inappropriate behaviours;
- working with substance misuse officers; and
- referring to IDAS.
The panel is accountable to the York and North Yorkshire:
- youth offending team and youth justice service management boards;
- criminal justice board;
- children’s boards;
- safeguarding children boards; and
- police and crime commissioner.