When a young person commits an offence, the Youth Justice Service will get in touch with the people affected by their actions.
They'll ask for their views on the disposal given to the young person. A disposal is a way of dealing, out of court, with a young person who's committed a low level offence.
The Youth Justice Service will contact the victim though the charity, Remedi. They offer victims of crime the opportunity to engage in a restorative intervention with the person responsible. They provide them with emotional and practical support.
Remedi works closely with youth offending teams across the UK.
Giving the victims a voice
If you've been the victim of a young person's crime, we're keen to give you a say in what happens next with the young person.
The people who contact you are specially trained for the role. They can also refer you for support and assistance if you're finding things difficult after the offence.
We can also support you by:
- representing your view at Referral Order panels
- representing your views through Youth Justice work
- arranging for you to meet with the person who committed the crime against you
- arranging for mediation