The ACPO guidance sets four essential minimum standards which must be met for a disposal to be considered restorative:
- The offender must take responsibility
- Involvement of the victim, community or other affected party
- A structured process that establishes what has occured and what the impact has been
- An outcome that seeks to put right the harm that has been caused or an outcome that makes other reparation that may not be directly related to the original case.
- The guidance clarifies that ‘community resolutions’ should be considered restorative justice only where they meet all four minimum standards.
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