Victim Participation

Victims of a crime may be invited to take part in the restorative justice process. This allows those directly affected by a crime to communicate and agree the best way to deal with the offence and its consequences.
Restorative Justice usually results in the offender making an apology to the victims and doing practical work to repair the harm caused. Communication with the offender can help victims put the offence behind them and be more satisfied with the outcome.

Restorative Justice is a vital part of what the YJS does. In the majority of cases we will encourage victims to be involved with the restorative process, although it is completely voluntary. The best known and most commonly used restorative methods are:

  • Victim–offender mediation - The victim and offender, helped by an independent person, communicate with one another. This may be a direct meeting or, if preferred by either the victim or the offender, indirectly with the third person acting as ‘go between’ in a ‘shuttle mediation’. Questions may be asked, information exchanged and an agreement reached.

  • Restorative conferencing - Supporters, as well as victim and offender, meet together in a conference run by a trained person. At the end, agreements are made that set out what the offender will do to deal with the harm done.

  • Family group conferencing - The young person who has offended meets with members of his/her extended family, and possibly representatives of agencies, e.g. social services and schools. They work together to identify what has happened, and how the family will support the young person to put it right.

  • Referral Order Youth Offender Panels - Young offenders and their parents meet with trained community volunteer panel members to discuss the offence and its consequences. Together they agree a contract to repair the harm and address the causes of offending behaviour. Victims are invited to attend or have their views put forward to the panel if they chose.




What are volunteers?

There are a wide range of opportunities within the North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service (YJS) for volunteers to become involved and gain experience and understanding of the work carried out by the YJS.

North Yorkshire YJS has approximately 60 volunteers across the county – about 30 in the western part which includes Harrogate, Skipton and Northallerton and 30 in the east part which includes Scarborough and Selby.

Head Office | Room SB004 | County Hall | Racecourse Lane | Northallerton | DL7 8AD | Telephone 01609 536168
West YJS
| Delta House | 12b, North Park Road | Harrogate | HG1 5PG | Telephone 01609 535030
East YJS
| 2nd Floor, Pavilion House | Westborough | Scarborough | YO11 2JN | Telephone 01609 534751
Selby YJS
| Community House | Portholme Road | Selby | YO8 4QQ | Telephone 01609 534751

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