What is a Detention and Training Order?
A Detention Training Order (DTO) sentences a young person to custody.
The Court only gives a DTO to a young person who represents a high level of risk, has a significant history of offending or is a persistent offender.
The Court will always take into consideration the seriousness of the offence when sentencing a young person to a DTO.
A DTO can be given to 12-17 year olds. The length of the sentence can be between four months and two years.
The young person will spend the first half of the sentence in custody and the second half in the community under the supervision of the Youth Offending Team (YOT).
The Court can require the young person to be on an Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS) programme as a condition of the community period of the sentence.
Type of secure accommodation
There are three types of secure accommodation in which a young person can be placed:
- Secure Training Centres (STCs): Purpose built centres for young offenders up to the age of 17.
- Secure Children’s Homes: Independent provision for 10-17 year olds providing high levels of intensive help
- Young Offenders Institutions (YOIs): Accommodate young offenders from the age of 15 to 21 years, young people between 15 to 17 years of age are held in units completely separate from those for 18 to 21 years old.
All young people are assessed when they enter the Youth Justice System, and the result of this assessment determines where a young person is placed.
What support is available?
The YOT will support young people on the DTO and their parents/carers by working jointly with the establishment in respect of education, visits and welfare.
The YOT caseworker will make regular visits to see the young people. They will also keep in regular contact with parents/carers and any other agencies involved with the young person.
If you have any complaints about the service you receive, please take this up in the first instance with your YOT officer. If you remain dissatisfied please write to:
Slough Youth Offending Team
25 Windsor Road
See address above
Phone: 01753 522 702
Slough YOT aims to provide a service that is fair to everyone. We will not accept racist, sexist, other offensive remarks or behaviour from staff members or young people.
We also want a healthy work place, so smoking is not allowed in our offices. We will not see people if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.