Piloting penalty notices for disorder on 10- to 15-year-olds
Date: 05 November 2008
This report provides an overview of the use of Penalty Notices for Disorder for 10- to 15- year-olds in six pilot forces between July 2005 and June 2006.
The provision to issue Penalty Notices for Disorder to adults for offences relating to low-level disorderly behaviour was introduced in England and Wales through the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.
In 2004, the scheme was extended to allow the police to issue Penalty Notices for Disorder to 10- to 15-year-olds, in custody or in the street, for 24 specific offences, with the parent or guardian of the recipient liable to pay the penalty under notice.
The report draws on analysis of administrative data and findings from interviews conducted with the police, Youth Offending Teams, recipients of Penalty Notices for Disorder and their parents or guardians.