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I am under 18 years of age. What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice lets you as a victim and the offender who did the crime talk about what happened. You or your close relatives and the offender can try to find ways to make good the harm caused. This can help you, as the victim, to move on with your life and for the offender to understand what they did and how you felt about it. You can ask to be involved in Restorative Justice at any point that you think this would be helpful to you. Restorative Justice is voluntary – you do not have to take part. Both you and the offender must agree to it before it can happen. Therefore it will not be available in every case and it may not be suitable in every case.

If the offender is over 18 years old, you, your parents or guardians are entitled to receive information about Restorative Justice from the police who will either tell you about it or tell you the best way to find out more about it.

You can also ask the police not to share your details with a Youth Offending Team if you do not want to take part in Restorative Justice.

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