This companion to Every Child Matters sets out possible changes to build on those already made.

The key proposals are to: strengthen parenting interventions; improve understanding of trials and trial preparation; manage remandees better in the community; and improve youth justice skills and organisation.

This document also includes a list of publications for further information and a list of contact points.

Please note, this publication is available for download only.

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  • Introduction
  • Basic approach
  • Pre-court interventions
  • General sentencing principles and structure
  • Families and communities
  • Policing, public order and courts
  • Remands
  • Sentencing in the community
  • More intensive sentences, including custody
  • Staff and organisation
  • Impact Assessments
  • Publication and disclosures
  • Consultation criteria
  • Contact point for comments