Bristol YOT works with young offenders aged between 10 and 17, the primary aim being to reduce offending by young people in the Bristol area. One way to do this is to ensure that young people who commit crimes are encouraged to take responsibility for the harm and loss they have caused their victims, and make amends to their victim and/or the community through restorative justice. Restorative justice is an important part of youth justice orders and sentences, from out of court disposals and referral orders to youth rehabilitation orders and young people serving custodial sentences. Between April 2012 and April 2013, 119 victims of crimes that were committed by young people were given the opportunity to participate in a restorative approach. 39 of those chose some form of restorative justice intervention. Taking part in a restorative process is completely voluntary for the victims of crime. The various restorative justice interventions delivered by Bristol YOT include face to face meetings between victims and offenders, shuttle mediation, letters of apology/responsibility and direct and indirect community reparation.
Contact Caroline Mellon or Rachel Davies