Detention and training order

  • Available for children and young people aged 12-17 years old. If the child or young person is 12-14 years old, the order can only be made if they are a persistent offender.
  • Fixed terms of 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 18 or 24 months (consecutive orders need not total these periods).
  • A written pre-sentence report must be considered.
  • Offence(s) must be so serious that custody is the only appropriate penalty. Need to give reasons why a YRO with ISS/Fostering cannot be justified.

For the offence(s) we are making a detention and training order for a period of ………… months.

[Where there is more than one offence state whether concurrent or consecutive.]

1.    We believe this is necessary because the offence(s) is/are so serious that custody is the only option because …………

[Using your sentencing form, give your reasons including:

    • Your assessment of the aggravating or mitigating circumstances that determine the level of culpability and degree of harm caused (offence).
    • Child or young person’s personal mitigation (offender).]

We have reduced your sentence because you pleaded guilty. If you had not, it would have been …………

We cannot justify imposing a youth rehabilitation order with intensive supervision and surveillance or fostering because …………


2.    We find that you have wilfully and persistently breached your youth rehabilitation orders by ………… [give details].

The court has now decided it has no option but to pass a custodial sentence which will be for a period of ………… months.

[If applicable.]

    We have taken into account the fact that you complied with some of your order.
    In deciding that this length of sentence is appropriate we have taken into account the fact that you have spent ………… days/weeks on remand.
    [If the child or young person has been remanded in custody or on a tagged curfew for more than 9 hours a day, your legal adviser will calculate the number of days/weeks to be taken into account.]
    You will normally be released once you have served half your sentence. You will be told what to do when you are released. If you do not do as you are told, you will be brought back to court and may be fined, asked to complete a further period of supervision or sent back into custody.

Do you understand?

[Consider any ancillary orders.]

You must also pay a surcharge of £………… This money is used to fund victim services.