What is Reparation?
Reparation is a key element of Restorative Justice, which works to resolve conflict and repair harm. It encourages those who have caused harm to acknowledge the impact of what they have done and gives them an opportunity to make amends. It also offers those who have suffered harm the opportunity to have their harm or loss acknowledged.

Reparation enables young people to make up for what they have done by giving them the opportunity to give something back either directly to their victim or indirectly to the local community. It can also give young people the chance to do something positive, hopefully giving them new skills and confidence.

What does it involve?

Ideally the young person should do something to benefit the victim of their offence or people who have suffered from similar offences. However, this is not always possible so we also have other projects and opportunities for young people to contribute to something that benefits the local community or a charity.

The number of hours young people have to complete varies from four to thirty depending on the circumstances. One reparation session will usually last up to a maximum of 4 hours.

Young people must attend on time and behave in a respectful and sensible manner whilst on reparation. They must also do what is asked to the best of their ability. If they do not they may have to go back to Court.

All the equipment that is needed for the project will be provided, including safety equipment. Young people are also covered by North Yorkshire County Council’s insurance whilst on reparation and under the supervision of the YJS.

Can you help?

Are you part of a charity, organisation or business that could give reparation opportunities to young people to help them make amends for their actions? The YJS have a number of Reparation Development Officers who assist young people with their reparation and also seek new reparation opportunities for young people.

If you can help please contact the Reparation Development Officer for your area,

Hambleton, Richmondshire, Craven & Harrogate - Dave McKenzie-Brown (01609 534292)

Scarborough, Ryedale & Selby - Emily Rumney (01609 536946) & Iain Walker (01757 241066) .



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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