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5.2.3 Looked After Children and Young People in Contact with Youth Justice Services

RELATED CHAPTER

Joint Merseyside Protocol For The Provision of Local Authority Accommodation

NOTE

With effect from 3 December 2012, whenever a Court refuses bail to a child/young person (aged 10-17), the Court is required to remand the child to Local Authority accommodation unless certain conditions are met, in which case the Court may instead remand the child to Youth Detention Accommodation. Every such child (whether remanded to Youth Detention Accommodation or to Local Authority accommodation) will now be treated as Looked After by their designated Local Authority. See Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Procedure.

AMENDMENT

In March 2013, a link was added to the new chapter Remands to Local Authority Accommodation or to Youth Detention Accommodation Procedure.


Looked after children who offend or who are at risk of offending, should receive the same quality of care as all other Looked After children. Wirral Council has continuing duties and responsibilities as good corporate parent for such children, including those who are in custody.

Looked After children are more than twice as likely to be cautioned for or convicted of an offence as that of their peers. Wirral Council will support positive behaviour amongst Looked After children who may be at risk of offending and put in appropriate measures to protect them from unnecessary criminal criminalisation.

Where a Looked After child is thought to be at risk of offending, both the Care Plan and Placement Plan should include the support measures needed to prevent this.

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