Source: (2000) Paper presented at The Third Sector: For What and For Whom? Conference? Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. July 5-8.This paper forms part of the work in progress of a doctoral thesis that focuses on the contribution of the voluntary sector within the field of youth justice in Northern Ireland. The paper, which begins by introducing the general principles of restorative justice goes on to discuss the traditional aspects and international development of the concept and how the restorative model has developed into an alternative paradigm of juvenile justice. Attention is also given to the involvement of the family and the wider community in a restorative approach.