Below are a number of current and recent examples at
the North Yorkshire YJS of how the restorative
justice process can be beneficial to all concerned,
including the victim, the offender and the wider
community. Please note; the identity of young people
have been made anonymous.
Restorative Meeting a Success
The restorative meeting between Reverend Haynes and
a young person who had committed offences at a
Church in Scarborough was a success. The outcome of
the meeting exceeded everyone’s expectations
including Reverend Haynes. The young person was
respectful answering all questions put to him by
Rev’d Haynes. The young person fully understood the
harm caused by his actions. The young person has
suggested several ways to directly repair the harm
caused to Rev’d Haynes and other church goers. The
victim, Rev’d Haynes stated;
“I found the whole experience very beneficial and
have since spoken to many of those in the church who
were affected by the thefts which took place last
Autumn. They are pleased that we had met and that
the young man has said sorry”.
“The young man has also agreed to write a letter of
apology to the congregation and make a poppy planter
which we can display in the church. He has also
asked to do some work to tidy up the grounds of an
unconsecrated church close to where he is currently
Community Recognition for Direct Reparation
The direct reparation was completed by Sam and took
place at a local shop near Harrogate. The aim of the
reparation was to make amends for offences committed
at the store previously.
During the reparation a member of the public, a lady
who lives locally, said that the work Sam had done a
few weeks previous has made a big difference to the
area and thankful of the hard work shown. Once the
lady had left Sam reflected that the direct
reparation didn’t just make a difference to the
store and workers but also to the local community.
The store manager was also happy about the community
feedback that Sam had received.
Reparation Changing Lives
A Young person around the Scarborough area was given
an 8 month Referral Order and put under YJS
supervision. During the order the young person was
to undertake indirect reparation as part of his
order. He planned, organised and helped run a big
charity football match to raise money for a local
hospice which his mother had been looked after at
before sadly passing away.
Through his indirect reparation it has given the
young person a lot more confidence and skills such
as organisation, communication and leadership.
Through his indirect reparation it has not only
given him the chance to give back to the community
and pay tribute to his mother, it has given him the
skills to better himself now and in the future. He
has plans to enrol at a local college and carry on
his great progress by doing more charity work to
benefit the community.