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Community reparation orders
Reparation Orders are designed to help young offenders understand the consequences of their offending and take responsibility for their behaviour. They require the young person to repair the harm caused by their offence either directly to the victim (this can involve victim/offender mediation if both parties agree) or indirectly to the community.
Examples of this might be cleaning up graffiti or undertaking community work. The order is overseen by the Youth Justice Service (YJS).
What is reparation?
Young offenders are often asked to complete some hours of reparation as part of their work with the Youth Justice Service (YJS). 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.
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 four hours.
What is expected of young people?
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.
What young people can expect from the Youth Justice Service?
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.
More information about sentences, orders and agreements can be found on the North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service website.