Derby Youth Offending Service (YOS) has a duty to ensure contact is made with all victims of youth crime to provide them with information about the outcome of the case and offer them the opportunity to participate in an appropriate Restorative Justice Process.
Participation in a Restorative Justice process is entirely voluntary and victims do not have to participate. If victims do not wish to meet with the offender directly, their views can be represented by a YOS worker, who will support and keep them informed throughout their involvement. Victims are also able to consider, where appropriate, the type of reparation work the young person should carry out, either directly to them - direct reparation - or for the local community - indirect reparation.
Restorative justice can play an important role in helping victims by giving them a voice and by reducing the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour. The aim of Restorative Justice is to bring victims, offenders and communities together to decide on a response to a particular crime. It is about putting victims' needs at the centre of the criminal justice system and finding positive solutions to crime by encouraging offenders to face up to their actions.
Restorative justice can play an important role in reducing re-offending by holding young people to account so that they will take part in repairing the harm they have caused and will learn from the experience. Where appropriate, all young people who come through the Youth Justice System and are given a Court Order are assessed for participation in a restorative justice intervention.
Restorative Justice Interventions may include: