If your child is found guilty of an offence or pleads guilty, it is likely the magistrate will adjourn the matter for two to six weeks and request a confidential background report be prepared for the child's next appearance.
If this happens, contact should be made with the juvenile justice office nominated by the court as soon as possible.
An officer from that office will then arrange to visit your home and interview you and your child.
The officer will need to ask you a number of questions about your child - such as their education and work history, what they do in their spare time, their friends and their offending behaviour.
It is important that you and your child are open with the officer and discuss issues and problems which are important in your lives at the moment and will affect their future.
This information will be put together in the form of a report and will include recommendations on the sentencing of your child.