Diverting young people from prosecution: toolkit

Guidance for service providers on providing effective, tailored and appropriate interventions for young people who offend.


1. To access the Annexes please visit the Scottish Government's Whole System Approach website. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/crimes/youth-justice/reoffending

2. This does not mean that those over 18 should be excluded from youth justice diversion programmes as consideration should always be given to maturity and needs.

3. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/06/30162955/0

4. TailoredServices

5. Youth Justice Guidance www.cjsw.ac.uk

6. It is expected that this data will be analysed to monitor improvement - see here.

7. http://www.sccjr.ac.uk/pubs/Diversion-from-Prosecution-to-Social-Work-in-Scotland/298

8. http://www.sccjr.ac.uk/pubs/Diversion-from-Prosecution-to-Social-Work-in-Scotland/298

9. GIRFEC - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/People/Young-People/childrensservices/girfec

10. http://www.sccjr.ac.uk/pubs/Criminal-Justice-Transitions-Edinburgh-Study-of-Youth-Transitions-and-Crime-Research-Digest-No-14/39

11. Worrall A, (2001) 'Girls at risk? Reflections on changing attitudes to young women's offending': Probation Journal. June 2001;

12. Referral of 16 and 17 year olds who are charged with domestic abuse can only be undertaken in exceptional circumstances- see here


Email: youth.justice@gov.scot

Telephone: 0131 244 5443

Care and Justice Division
Scottish Government
Area 2-B North
Victoria Quay

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