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1 The Child Youth and Community Tribunal (CYCT)
A NEW APPROACH IN GUERNSEY & ALDERNEY Karen Brady, Children’s Convenor                                                                                                                        

2 FROM SCOTLAND TO GUERNSEY

3 BAILIWICK OF GUERNSEY Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Lihou, Brecqhou                                                                                                                                                     

4 GUERNSEY FACTS & FIGURES
Population – 62,274 (circa 13,500 under 20) Unemployed – 498 (1.1%) Main Industry - Finance Average House Price - £346,750 Reported Criminal Offences – 2954 School Leaving Age – 16 (11+ exam) Legal Age to Drive a Moped (50cc) - 14                                                                                                                                                     

5 BACKGROUND 2001 - Review of laws affecting children
- Extensive consultation - Proposals approved by States of Deliberation - New laws approved by the States - New laws approved by the Privy Council                                                                                                                                                     

6 Children (Guernsey and Alderney) Law 2008
Criminal Justice (Children and Juvenile Court Reform) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2008 The Children (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Guernsey and Alderney) Ordinance 2009 KEY LEGISLATION                                                                                                                                                     

7 THE CHILD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY TRIBUNAL BASIC PRINCIPLES
Children’s needs and deeds must be addressed together, Children who offend often have the same needs and background as children in need of care and protection, Local community is best placed to decide what should happen to its children, The role of the family is vital in addressing needs and deeds.                                                                                                                                                     

8 THE CHILD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY TRIBUNAL KEY FEATURES
Decision making by trained volunteers from local community Deals with most child protection and child offending Legal process but less formal procedure Children’s Convenor – “gatekeeper” Active participation of all parties Multiagency approach to assessment and intervention Voluntary intervention tried and failed or unlikely to succeed Single order = “care requirement”                                                                                                                                                     

9 Does not deal with THE CHILD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY TRIBUNAL
Disputed evidence Long term care Secure accommodation Some serious or persistent offending                                                                                                                                                     

10 THE CHILD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY TRIBUNAL KEY DISTINGUISHING FEATURES
Definition of “child” Age of criminal responsibility Grounds for referral Convenor’s Meeting President of the Tribunal Secure Accommodation / Community Parenting Order Care Requirement Interim care requirements Power to withhold information                                                                                                                                                     

11 THE CHILD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY TRIBUNAL THE FIRST 8 MONTHS - STATISTICS
Referrals received by Children’s Convenor – 262 Notifications received – 17 Children referred or notified – 195 Offence referrals – 212 Number retained for prosecution - 78 Number of hearings - 36 Number of children referred to hearings – 21 Number of care requirements - 8                                                                                                                                                     

12 THE CHILD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY TRIBUNAL
THE FIRST 8 MONTHS - OBSERVATIONS Nature of referrals Community and professional support Hearing management Legal representation Openness to change                                                                                                                                                     

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