Pre court measures for children

Reprimand
A reprimand is a formal verbal warning given by the police to a child who admits they are guilty of a minor first offence. Sometimes the child can be referred to a youth offending team to take part in a voluntary programme to help them address their offending behaviour.

Final warning
A final warning is a formal verbal warning given by the police to a child who admits they are guilty of a first or second offence. Unlike a reprimand, however, the child is also assessed to determine the causes of their offending behaviour and a programme of activities is identified to address them.