The bureau's Dr Don Weatherburn says the study looked at almost 1,000 young people who were referred to a Youth Justice Conference.

It compared them to the same number of young people who were dealt with by that state's Children's Court.

Dr Weatherburn says it found young offenders made to face up to their victims will reoffend at the same rate as those who go through the children's court.

...."It works in the sense that it makes the victims of crimes or victims who participate in these processes much more satisfied, less angry about the offence," he said.

"But it doesn't work to reduce juvenile reoffending, because it doesn't really addresses the causes of juvenile offending."

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