Guidelines for the Prosecution of Young Offenders

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Closes 31 Oct 2019

Introduction

1. The overall purpose of this policy is to provide guidance on general principles, commitments and associated working practices (e.g. how we take decisions), and to explain the standards of service expected from the PPS when a young person has been accused of a crime. In your view, does the new guidance deliver this? (If not, please explain the reasons why).
2. The PPS is committed to ensuring that the Best Interests of the Child Principle is adhered to, and that the special considerations which apply to cases involving a young person are reflected in its working practices. In your view, do the approaches set out in the guidance align with the Best Interests of the Child Principle (i.e. is the guidance appropriate and proportionate)?
3. Chapter 5 sets out information / guidance regarding our approach in cases involving Looked After Children and offending within children’s homes. Do you agree with this? Are there any other approaches / options we should consider?
4. Chapter 6 sets out information / guidance regarding our approach to the consideration of mental health and learning disabilities in young people who offend. Do you agree with this? Are there any other approaches / options we should consider?
5. Chapter 7 sets out our approach to the consideration of cases involving sexual offences committed by young people. Do you agree with this? Are there any other approaches / options we should consider?
6. Chapter 8 sets out our approach to the consideration of cases involving school bullying or cyber-bullying. Do you agree with this? Are there any other approaches / options we should consider?
7. In taking decisions, PPS prosecutors will consider the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – see Annex D. In your view, is it appropriate for the PPS to consider the impact of ACEs in the decision-making process?
8. Thinking about the document as a whole, is the information clear and easy to understand? For example, is there any complex legal language or jargon which needs to be amended or explained?
9. In your view are there any aspects of this policy that are likely to have an impact (positive or negative) on equality of opportunity across any of the s.75 categories?
10. In your view are there any aspects of this policy that are likely to have an impact (positive or negative) on good relations?
11. Are there any other comments you would like to make about this guidance?
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