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Non-custodial Sentences

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to question 78652, what the differences are between the non-custodial sentences referred to. (80501)

This table describes the community sentences and other relevant community disposals available for young offenders. Further information on these sentences is available on the Youth Justice Board Website.

Community sentences available for juveniles


Who it applies to



Action plan order


A short intensive community based programme which may include reparation, attendance centre and offence conformation sessions.

Three months

Attendance centre order


The centres are run on Saturdays. Sessions (usually two hours long) involve physical exercise and group work.

Between four and 24 hours

Curfew orders with electronic monitoring


Courts have the power to make curfew orders backed with electronic monitoring for juvenile offenders. The tagged curfews can help to break patterns of offending by keeping juvenile offenders off the streets and out of trouble at the times they are most likely to offend.

Up to six months

Supervision order


The young person is supervised by a member of the YOT. A range of conditions may be attached for more serious offences. These include drug treatment (for 16+s since the Crime and Disorder Act) residence requirements, curfews, activities specified by the YOT (normally reparation, offending behaviour, group work, anger management etc.).

From six months to three years (usually one year)

Referral order


Youth courts refer young people, who plead guilty and are convicted for the first time, to youth offender panels. The youth offender panels design an intervention programme with the young person to tackle his/her offending behaviour.

From 3-12 months

Community punishment and rehabilitation order


Requires the offender to be under supervision and to perform unpaid work for not less than 40 and not more than 100 hours.

Between 12 months and three years

Community punishment order


Involves undertaking unpaid work in the community—e.g. carpentry workshops, conservation, decorating or caring tasks for the elderly/vulnerable.

Between 40 to 240 hours

Community rehabilitation order


The equivalent of supervision, overseen by the probation service and only available for “mature” 16 and 17-year-olds. It can have conditions attached (e.g. residence at probation hostel).

From six months to three years (usually one year)

Intensive supervision and surveillance programme (ISSP)


Not a court order. Route onto ISSP is either via bail, as part of a community order or community part of the DTO. Young offender is subject to intensive supervision consisting of highly structured, individual programmes to tackle the causes of offending behaviour and intensive surveillance consisting of either tracking, electronic tagging, voice verification, or intelligence-led policing.

6-12 months intensive supervision of at least 25 hours per week for first 3-6 months, reassessed thereafter

Reparation order


Not within the stable of community sentences as such. The young person is required to make reparation to the victim of the offence or to the community in general. This engages the individual in some practical reparative activity which brings home the consequences of their offence.

No more than 24 hours in aggregate