Source: (1985) Probation Journal. 32:135-138.NAPO opposes the diversion of existing probation resources to the development of reparation schemes, believing that it is of marginal importance to the criminal justice system and the treatment of offenders. Meanwhile, the Home Office is funding four experiments in different approaches to reparation, with grants ranging from £ 15,000 to £30,000. In some Probation areas money set aside for special projects is being used to try out these ideas. But can such schemes live up to the promise of conflict resolution and negotiated settlements between victims and offenders, and what are the prospects for influencing the ethos of the criminal justice system? The authors report on the initial period of the South Yorkshire special project and conclude that it is a worthwhile and important experiment on the feasibility of mediation.