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

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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 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 BACKGROUNDBACKGROUND Review of laws affecting children - Extensive consultation - 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 KEY LEGISLATION

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

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

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

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

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

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