Youth Referral Orders

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Sally Keeble Sally Keeble Labour, Northampton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many youth referral orders have been issued in each region.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

The information requested is set out in the following table.

Persons sentenced to reference to a youth justice panel—referral order( 1) by criminal justice area, 2006
Referral orders
Avon and Somerset 656
Bedfordshire 279
Cambridgeshire 375
Cheshire 601
Cleveland 391
Cumbria 407
Derbyshire 564
Devon and Cornwall 734
Dorset 380
Durham 469
Essex 1,048
Gloucestershire 321
Greater Manchester 2,259
Gwent 345
Hampshire 1,086
Hertfordshire 562
Humberside 534
Kent 860
Lancashire 1,073
Leicestershire 588
Lincolnshire 135
Merseyside 816
Metropolitan Police 4,261
Norfolk 337
North Wales 445
North Yorkshire 467
Northamptonshire 101
Northumbria 263
Nottinghamshire 649
South Wales 554
South Yorkshire 844
Staffordshire 501
Suffolk 443
Surrey 337
Sussex 816
Thames Valley 1,096
Warwickshire 280
West Mercia 681
West Midlands 1,807
West Yorkshire 1,399
Wiltshire 306
Total England and Wales 30,070
(1) Under Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 SS 16-18, includes extensions of referral orders under S 18 (1c) (6).


Please be aware that these figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected are subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

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