Under a Detention Order (DO), an offender below 16 years of age can be required to:
- Reside in a place of detention for a period not exceeding three months; and
- Undergo a series of exercise drills and group work to equip him/her with relevant skills while in detention
The Youth Court could impose that the youth under a DO before a Probation Order. In these cases, the youth offender will serve the DO before serving the Probation Order.
If a youth offender is placed on probation initially but later shows poor progress, the Court can add on a DO. In this case, he/she will be sent to a Detention Centre and upon discharge from the Centre, continue with the remaining duration of his/her probation.