What is a Youth Rehabilitation Order and when will they come into play?

Youth Rehabilitation Order

What is a Youth Rehabilitation Order?

A Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO) is an order imposed by a Court which is able to be given to young people under the age of 18 years old when they are being sentenced for having committed a criminal offence.

Does the offence have to be a criminal offence?

A Youth Rehabilitation Order will only apply to criminal offences committed by an individual under the age of 18 years old.

How long can a Youth Rehabilitation Order last for?

The maximum period of time for which a Youth Rehabilitation Order will last is three years.

Are there any requirements which will fill the subject matter of the Youth Rehabilitation Order?

A Youth Rehabilitation Order will usually contain one or more requirements which must be adhered to by that young offender. These requirements may include the requirement for the young person to meet with a worker from the Youth Offending Team or the young person may be required to comply with other activities examples of which are unpaid work, a curfew or specific conditions on where they can live.

The full list of requirements which can be imposed on a youth offender under a Youth Rehabilitation Order are as follows:

  • Supervision

  • Activity

  • Programme

  • Unpaid work

  • Curfew

  • Attendance centre

  • Education

  • Mental Health Treatment

  • Residence

  • Local Authority Residence

  • Drug Treatment

  • Drug Testing

  • Prohibited Activity

  • Exclusion

  • Intensive Supervision and Surveillance

A Youth Rehabilitation Order will usually be made up of one or more of the above requirements.

How many times will a youth offender be required to be seen by a Youth Offending Team Worker?

The number of times a youth offender will be required to be seen by a member of the youth offending team will depend on the level of risk they will be deemed to pose following their assessment under the scaled approach used by youth offending team workers.

Youth Rehabilitation Order Plan

For Youth Rehabilitation Orders which include a supervision, activity or programme requirement the Youth Offending Team Worker will work out a plan called a Youth Rehabilitation Order Plan.

What will be detailed in this Youth Rehabilitation Order Plan?

The main aspects of the plan will be concerned with how many sessions the youth offender must attend each month and for how long the sessions will continue for. Information concerning each separate requirements of the Youth Rehabilitation Order will also be provided for in the plan.

What is the purpose of a Youth Rehabilitation Order?

The purpose of the requirements of a Youth Rehabilitation Order are to help that young person think about the following factors:

  • Their behaviour

  • The harm offending can do the victim

  • The harm offending can do to them and the other people involved

  • Reparation or other work with the victim or victims

  • A plan for the future and a plan on how they will deal with any problems of difficulties which they face

  • How they will be supported to access certain services

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For more information on:

  • What will be the role of the Youth Offending Team Worker in this process?
  • What will be the case if a young person fails to cooperate with the requirements set out in their Youth Rehabilitation Order?
  • What will the court do?
  • Will the Youth Rehabilitation Order always remain the same?
  • Is there a possibility of the Youth Rehabilitation Order being discharged early?
  • Is the court likely to allow the early discharge of the order?