Source: (2002) London: Home Office Research , Development, and Statistics Directorate.

This report discusses the 18-month evaluation that was conducted in 11 pilot areas in England and Wales between March 2000 and August 2001. The evaluation team looked at the recruitment and training of community panel members, the implementation processes and the impact of referral orders on the agencies and individuals involved and on sentencing and offending. Gathering evidence from a wide variety of sources, the report discusses the attitudes of all parties involved in the process including magistrates, clerks, YOT staff, community panel members, offenders, parents and the victims of crime. The set-up of referral order teams and the nature of the work involved are also discussed in depth.