550. Overriding objective.

Every court1 in dealing with a child or young person2 who is brought before it, either as an offender or otherwise, must have regard to the welfare of the child or young person and must in a proper case take steps for removing him from undesirable surroundings, and for securing that proper provision is made for his education and training3. It is the principal aim of the youth justice system4 to prevent offending by children and young persons5, and it is the duty of all persons and bodies carrying out functions in relation to the youth justice system to