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Detention training order

A Detention Training Order (DTO) sentence is given either when the offence is considered so serious by the Court that custody is the only option, or if you repeatedly breach a YRO.

They can be given for 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 or 24 months

A DTO means that you will go to Youth Detention Accommodation (previously called Secure Units or Youth Offenders Institution) for half of the length of the Order, so if you get a 4 month DTO you will spend two months in Youth Detention Accommodation.

The Youth Justice Board decided which Youth Detention Accommodation you go to based on information given to them by the YOS. They base their decision on how old you are, where you live, whether it’s your first time in custody and any health issues that you may have. It is important to be honest with the YOS so that you are placed in the most appropriate place for you. You will be taken to Youth Detention Accommodation by secure transport; your parents/carers cannot go with you. The YOS will tell your parents/carers which Youth Detention Accommodation you are  going to.

When you are in Youth Detention Accommodation you will be expected to follow their rules. They will ensure that you have food, drink, clothes, somewhere to sleep, are safe and have any medical care that you might need. Your YOS case manager will visit you regularly whilst you are there and you will make plans for when you are released.

When you are released you will be on a licence. This means that you will be expected to attend regular appointments at the YOS, may have an electronically monitored tag and may have top report regularly to a Police Station.

If you do not comply with your licence conditions you will be returned to Court in breach and may be sent back to Youth Detention Accommodation or the courts might give you more supervision for up to 3 months , which will take affect immediately and will run alongside the DTO.

If you carry on breaching your DTO, the court can add another period of supervision, either detention of fine, until the order is complete.

Changes in legislation called the LASPO Act 2012 means that a young person entering a YDA between the ages of 12-17.

This means that while you are in the YDA you will be allocated a social worker who will visit you regularly by them as well as your YOS Officer.  If you remain in the YDA for over 13 weeks, you will also receive support after you leave the YDA.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. Can the DTO be finished early?
    No! A DTO cannot be revoked early for good progress but it may be revoked if you are being sentenced for a separate offence.
  2. Will I have to pay a fine or compensation as part of my DTO?The Court might order you to pay costs and/or compensation in addition to your DTO. The Court  decide how much the costs and/or compensation will be, but will ask you or your parents about your income before they decide.
  3. Can I make phone calls and have my family and friends visit me?
    This will depend which Youth Detention Accommodation you are sent to. Each Youth Detention Accommodation has an introduction process during which you can ask any questions

Complaints procedure

If you think that you have been treated unfairly during your contact with the YOS you have the right to complain. You should first       discuss the matter with the worker concerned or his/her manager.  If you are not satisfied with the outcome then you can contact the Youth Offending Service Manager on 0121 709 7000.

About the Youth Offending Service

Solihull Youth Offending Service (SYOS) is a multi-agency service which consists of the Local Authority, West Midlands Police, Probation and Health, with the single aim of preventing offending by children and young people.