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Final warning

You have admitted to the police that you have committed an offence. They have granted you bail and referred your case to the Youth Offending Service for assessment.

The following explains what will be happening between now and your bail date.

You have admitted to the police that you have committed an offence. They have granted you bail and referred your case to the Youth Offending Service for assessment. This following explains what will be happening between now and your bail date.

What is a final warning?

A Final Warning is a way of your offending behaviour being dealt with without sending you to court It is conditional on you making yourself available to be assessed by the Youth Offending Service and complying with any programme the team develop for you.

What is in the programme?

The programme has two main parts to it. The first part looks at any current difficulties you may be having which may have contributed to your behaviour and tries to assist you with these so that you can avoid offending behaviour in the future. For example assistance with returning to education or obtaining employment, advice on drug and alcohol use, or just having something more positive to do with your free time.

The second part of the programme is very much focused on the victim of your offence. As a result of your actions someone may have experienced loss or hurt. This person will be contacted and asked if they want to have any involvement in the Final Warning process. They can choose to be involved in a number of different ways:

  • They may ask to receive a letter of apology from you
  • They may identify some practical task that you could do either for them directly or for the community which would help you make amends for your actions
  • They could choose to talk directly with you at a special meeting called a victim-offender conference. Your carer would also attend this meeting and it would give you the opportunity to give a personal apology to the victim.

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When do I receive my final warning?

You will be given an appointment at the Youth Offending Service office. A police officer attached to the Youth Offending Service will administer the Final Warning following an assessment interview. You will be told that no further action will be taken against you on this matter but that should you re-offend the new matter will go straight to court. If the warning is given by the Youth Offending Service you will be released from your bail date.

What happens if I don't comply with the assessment?

You will still be required to answer to police bail. The police will then decide what action to take. The options include bailing you on the same terms or charging you to attend court.

What happens if I don't comply with the programme?

Your police record will be amended accordingly. If you are charged with a further offence and found guilty at court, the court will be made aware that you failed to comply with the Final Warning programme. This non-compliance may be taken into account when considering sentence.

Contact details

If you need any further information about this service please contact:

Hillingdon Youth Offending Team
Link 1A, Civic Centre, High Street,
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1UW
Tel: 01895 558203/556432

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Published by Social Services
London Borough of Hillingdon
October 2005 ssd190-02

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