Source: (1997) New South Wales Consolidated Acts, Sect. 34

This legislation, the Young Offenders Act, 1997 in Section 34, gives the "principles and purposes" of conferencing. Some of the principles listed include promoting responsibility for the crimes committed, strengthening the family, providing rights for the victim, and providing developmental services for the offender. The purpose of each conference is to “make decisions and recommendations about, and to determine an outcome plan in respect of, the child who is the subject of the conference.�? With this, children should be dealt with fairly during conferences while also retaining responsibility for their offensive actions. Reparation for the victim is also included in this.


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