Restorative Justice (RJ) provides opportunities for those directly affected by an offence (victim, offender, and members of the community) to communicate through a restorative process and agree how to deal with the offence and its consequences. The basic principles include:
- Putting things right and healing relationships, thereby giving high satisfaction to victims and reducing re-offending.
- Ensuring that those directly affected by crime have a voice in the process and that their wishes are given careful consideration.
- Achieving positive outcomes for the victim, community and young person.
We have a dedicated Victim Worker who contacts victims of crime to offer them the opportunity to participate in a restorative process or even just to keep them informed as to the young person's progress.