Source: (2006) London: Youth Justice Board.

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) wants to broaden, develop and extend the practice of restorative justice within the youth justice system. This plan invites practitioners to help the YJB develop practice so that: more victims are heard;more young people who offend are held to account;more young people learn about the consequences of their actions and make reparation; and more young people choose not to reoffend. The YJB oversees the youth justice system in England and Wales and has promoted restorative justice within the system since 2001. We work to prevent offending and reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18, and to ensure that custody for them is safe, secure and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour. Our vision is of an effective youth justice system where:more offenders are caught, held to account for their actions, and stop offending; children and young people receive the support they need to lead crime-free lives; victims are better supported; the public has more confidence in the youth justice system. The YJB believes there are benefits from placing restorative justice at the heart of the youth justice system. Research suggests that restorative justice can help reduce offending, better support victims of youth crime, and help build essential public confidence. To promote the improved and extended use of restorative justice, the YJB is publishing this action plan, which also gives outline details of projects to improve Referral Orders and youth offender panels, promote restorative justice in the secure estate, and develop a long-term restorative justice strategy. (excerpt)

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