Sentencing Youths: the Theory and the Practice

Posted on 7th March 2019

The main aims of the youth justice system is to prevent offending by children and young people, to encourage them to take responsibility for their own actions and to promote re-integration rather than punish. When sentencing the Court must consider these aims as well as the welfare of children and young people. In short, the aim should be on avoiding criminalisation and supporting rehabilitation.