Youth Restorative Justice Services

Sacro’s Youth Restorative Justice Services are based on restorative principles. These services offer support to those affected by and those responsible for harm.

How does the service work?

Youth Restorative Justice Services use restorative principles to address behaviour in a way which empowers the people harmed, those responsible and the wider community members in order to resolve issues in a constructive way.

What do Youth Restorative Justice Services involve?

  • Restorative Justice Conferencing – young people, their families and the people harmed actively address the harm caused by an offence.

  • Face to Face Meetings – bring together a young person and the person they have harmed so that the harm caused can be actively addressed.

  • Shuttle Dialogue – parties do not meet face to face but the harm caused is actively addressed by Sacro passing information between them.

  • Awareness Programmes – parties do not meet however the young person has discussions with Sacro staff about their own choices and actions and the effects of their behaviour on the person harmed.

  • Reparative Tasks and Programmes – part of the agreement arising out of an intervention above might include the young person undertaking a reparative task such as doing some work to benefit the person harmed, the community in which they live or some other appropriate voluntary work. The young person might also take part in a relevant programme to address issues associated with their offending behaviour such as alcohol misuse or managing anger.

  • Procurator Fiscal (PF) Diversion Service - PF Diversion is for young people between the ages of  16-17 ½ . Referrals are made by PF where sufficient evidence & public interest does not require prosecution. The service offers a specified programme for young people involved in offending. The aim is to divert the young person from a formal criminal justice process; giving them the opportunity to make positive changes at a crucial time in their lives.

Who is the service aimed at?

Youth Restorative Justice Services work with anyone who has been harmed or affected by the offending or anti-social behaviour of young people between 8 and 17.

How is this service accessed?

Youth Restorative Justice Services work with young people who have been charged by the police or who have come to the notice of anti-social behaviour agencies in their area. The police cases are reported to the Children’s Reporter, or are passed to a multi-agency group. The service can accept cases as an alternative to, or from, a Children’s Hearing as well as from anti-social behaviour teams, social workers, schools, Procurators Fiscal or any other multi-agency group.

Please note: service provision can differ, depending on local authority area.