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The aim is to make the offender take responsibility and make amends for the consequences of their offending.
A referral order gives the victims of the offence a part in the process. This can lead to the offenders making restoration to the victim or to the wider community.
If you have been given a referral order , you must attend a 'youth offender panel' to decide the correct course of action for your offence/s.
A youth offender panel is a meeting where the victims and offenders can be brought together face to face. Meetings are held in a controlled environment, with members of the youth offending team and community panel members acting as a neutral party (see the relevant section below for more information about the community panel).
The process at a youth offender panel is as follows:
They can also help offenders with problems that may lead to offending, and put in place interventions to prevent people from re-offending.
Prior to meetings they may be provided with a report about the young offender, outlining the offence and the young person’s background.
There is no specific rule preventing someone subject to a referral order going on holiday but you will need to raise it with the panel and try to get it included in the referral order package.