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Barnardo’s Albino Court

For young people who commit offences, the future can appear bleak, with the prospect of remand centres and secure units ahead of them. But for some young people there is an alternative to custody like the Barnardo’s Albion Court project, where a small, dedicated team work on alternative schemes to help them put their lives of crime behind them.

235 Corstrophine Road
Edinburgh, Scotland
EH12 7AR
0131 334 9893


Alternative to Court, Detention and Incarceration

The National Association for Youth Justice

The National Association for Youth Justice was established in Britain in 1994 following the merger between the National Intermediate Treatment Federation (NITFed) and the Association for Youth Justice (A.Y.J).   The purpose of the NAYJ is to promote the rights of, and justice for, children in trouble. The NAYJ will campaign for the development and implementation of policies and practice that are consistent with this purpose.

5 Colwyn Road,
Northampton, NN1 3PZ
Bitter End, 4 Spring Close,
Ratby, Leicester, LE6 0XD

024 7667 0861

011 6238 8354



Public Policy Development and Advocacy

NIACRO – Northern Ireland

Providing a supportive adult volunteer for children and young people between the ages of 10 and 16, who have been or are at risk coming into contact with the criminal justice system. Projects currently operate in the Greater Belfast area, Derry-Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady and Armagh areas.

169 Ormeau Road
Northern Ireland
(+44) 028 90 320157 Prevention and Intervention Services, Alternatives to Court, Detention and Incarceration

Northern Ireland Office of the Youth Justice Agency (NIO)

To “take forward radical and innovative arrangements for dealing with young offenders and their behavior.”  The Youth Justice Agency will implement the recommendations of the Criminal Justice Review aimed at reforming the youth justice system.  Its creation underlines the Government’s commitment to make those recommendations a reality.

Northern Ireland Office
11 Millbank, London SW1P 4PN
020 7210 3000 Program and Public Policy Development
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The Policy Research Bureau

All the Policy Research Bureau’s work is allied to our interests in children, young people and families. It takes a variety of forms including large-scale surveys, quasi-experimental studies, smaller qualitative projects, literature reviews and evaluations.  We also arrange seminars, workshops and conferences.  Topics we focus on include parenting, fatherhood, young offenders, prevention and intervention for antisocial behavior and drug misuse, child maltreatment, child protection and child/adolescent mental health issues.  We specialize in applied research and in making our work useful to others working on both policy and practice.

2a Tabernacle Street,
London EC2A 4LU

+44 (020) 7256 6300 Research and Training

Public Centre for Legal and Judicial Reform

Center to advance the understanding and practice of restorative justice in Russia.

522, 20/30 Krzhizhanovskogo Street, Building 5,
(7095) 129 9801


Program Design, Public Policy Development, Advocacy, Restorative Justice

Youth Courts in the United Kingdom 

Young people aged between 10 and 17 are mainly dealt with in the youth courts by specially trained magistrates. The youth court was introduced from October 1992 and replaced the juvenile court, established in 1908, which dealt with offenders only up to and including those aged 16. In youth courts, no person is allowed to be present unless authorized by the court, except for the members and officers of the court, parties to the case (normally including parents/guardians), their legal representatives, witnesses and bona fide representatives of the media. Proceedings may be reported in the press but the young person may not generally be identified.

Youth Courts are located throughout the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom  



Youth Justice Board’s Youth Offending Teams – United Kingdom

The United Kingdom’s Crime and Disorder Act of 1998 introduced new structures at local and national level to provide the framework to tackle youth offending. From April 2000, Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) have brought together the staff and wider resources of the police, Social Services, the Probation Service, education and health, in the delivery of youth justice services, with the scope to involve others, including the voluntary sector. Three examples of Youth Offending Teams are listed below.

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Youth Justice Board’s Youth Offending Teams – United Kingdom (examples)

Croydon Youth Offending Team

The Youth Offending Team in Croydon provides a full range of services for young people who are suspected or convicted of a criminal offence including: accommodation placement where young people are remanded in local authority accommodation the YOT will find the accommodation and take them to it; appropriate adults — young people (and vulnerable adults) must have a person to ensure that their rights are protected when they are detained and questioned by the police; bail support — the YOT provides programmes to support young people who are bailed, to prevent them from re-offending whilst on bail; and Child Safety Orders aimed at children under 10 who have committed acts that, were they 10 and over would constitute a criminal offence.

14 Whitehorse Road
020 8404 5800 Alternatives to Court, Detention and Incarceration

Stockport Youth Offending Team

Stockport Youth Offending Team has developed into a complex organization, employing more than forty specialists that provide youth with social services as an alternative to court adjudication and incarceration.  Our future commitment is to push forward with implementing effective practice regimes, ensuring the generations of young people we work with both receive the best possible service and life chances.


Alternatives to Court and Incarceration

West Sussex Youth Offending Team

Since 1987, West Sussex has adopted a partnership approach to meeting its responsibilities in the area of juvenile justice provision.  A partnership between the Social Services Department and the Probation Service, in the form of the Juvenile Offenders Team, later the Youth Court Services Team, has provided a range of services in the areas of crime prevention, diversion from prosecution, court services and post sentence supervision, including supervision of young people in custody.

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 has as its principal aim for the Youth Justice System, the preventing of offending by children and young people.  The Act recognizes the various agencies involved in this system and makes it clear that all those agencies have a shared responsibility in meeting the principle aim.  The Chief Executive of the County Council has overall responsibility, together with the police, the health authority and the probation service to establish a Youth Offending Team and to work in partnership.

County Buildings
East Street
West Sussex
BN17 6AP
01903 – 718739 Alternative to Court, Detention and Incarceration