RA in the Youth Offending Service
Leicestershire YOS is committed to delivering a quality RA service to all victims and partners and therefore we are able to deliver a number of restorative outputs:
Direct Restorative Process
- Attendance at a Referral Order Panel. This would be with the support of the victim contact officer and with prior discussion with the perpetrators case manager to ascertain the young person’s suitability of the victim attending. All parties attending a panel meeting in support of the victims must first have met the victim contact worker for an assessment of their suitability.
- Restorative Justice Conference. This would be facilitated by a member of the Restorative Hub. Assessments of both parties should be assessed before a conference going ahead and should be held at a safe community venue.
- Direct Reparation. Any direct reparation must meet with the Leicestershire Youth Offending Services guidelines and risk assessments for reparation. Unlike with indirect reparation direct reparation can replace paid employment but like indirect reparation should not be humiliating or degrading.
Indirect Restorative Processes
- Letter of explanation from the young offender. This is to be completed with the young person with their case manager or in the case of final warnings and conditional cautions, the volunteers. Guidelines on how to complete letters of explanation are available separately.
- Victim Contact worker representing the views of the victim at a panel. This can be done by either, playing a tape of the victims views, reading a statement from the victim, or providing a synopsis of the views of the victim in the victim contact workers own words.
- Victim Impact statement. This can be a written or recorded statement from the victim and to be used by the case manager as part of the victim awareness work with the young person.
- Surrogate victim, in the case of assault PC this could be one of the police seconded PCs. In other cases this could be a previous victim, or a victim identified by victim support.
- An input in any indirect reparation. Victims can be invited to direct the reparation to either an interest or charity they support. Such requests will be actively followed up.
- Answers to any questions the victim may have in relation to their offence. These could be written questions from the victim or the victim asking questions through the victim contact worker, this could include questions such as why me?
Information to the victim about the specific court order that their offender has been made subject to.
In addition to the range of services available outlined above the YOS will also provide training and support to partner agency organisations to enable them to introduce RA to their organisations. This has already included training for staff at Children’s homes, schools and Police Officers.