[142A Purposes etc of sentencing: offenders under 18]
[142A Purposes etc of sentencing: offenders under 18]

[(1)     This section applies where a court is dealing with an offender aged under 18 in respect of an offence.

(2)     The court must have regard to—

(a)     the principal aim of the youth justice system (which is to prevent offending (or re-offending) by persons aged under 18: see section 37(1) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998),

(b)     in accordance with section 44 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, the welfare of the offender, and

(c)     the purposes of sentencing mentioned in subsection (3) (so far as it is not required to do so by paragraph (a)).

(3)     Those purposes of sentencing are—