Sentenced to education: the case for a ‘hybrid’ custodial sentence

Maggie Blyth and Robert Newman

in Children and young people in custody

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781847422613
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301752 | DOI:
Sentenced to education: the case for a ‘hybrid’ custodial sentence

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For many practitioners and policy makers embracing the youth justice reforms in the United Kingdom in 1998, the potential for integrating education into offending behaviour work through the new Detention and Training Order (DTO) introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act of 1998 was greatly welcomed. Young people on DTOs are held in one of three types of institutions: young offender institutions; secure training centres; or secure children's homes. This chapter explores the continuing limitations of the DTO nearly a decade into the youth justice reforms. Within this context, it makes a case for reviewing the purpose of the DTO, emphasising its link to education provision, while examining current policy changes within children's services and the 14–19 education framework that may facilitate any evaluation of the DTO. With the development of early intervention, targeted provision and the raising of the statutory school age, careful consideration should be given to a new hybrid sentence that places education firmly at its centre. This is called the Education Placement Order.

Keywords: United Kingdom; young people; custody; secure children's homes; youth justice; young offender institutions; secure training centres; education; Detention and Training Order; Education Placement Order

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