Source: (2004) Relational Justice Bulletin. 20: 6-8. Relationships Foundation. Downloaded 3 May 2005.

Involving local communities in the rehabilitation of young offenders is the idea at the heart of an innovative project being run by the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Action Zone (HAZ). The HAZ Community Reparation Scheme is a pilot reparation project aimed at reducing youth offending while providing a framework in which young offenders can make amends to the communities against which they offend. The programme also tries to enable communities to be involved in the rehabilitation of young people who offend against them. Uniquely, the scheme uses volunteers as mentors to ensure that the wider community is involved in the rehabilitation. This article explains how the scheme works, the relationships involved and the experiences of volunteers and stakeholders. (excerpt)


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