Derbyshire Youth Justice Service
Restorative Justice Facilitator
Derbyshire Youth Justice Service (YJS) trains volunteers for the role of Restorative Justice Facilitator, to enable participation in Youth Justice Panels, after a Referral Order has been imposed by the Court.
The Referral Order is a unique sentence, directly involving the local community, whereby volunteers are asked to get involved. Referral Orders use restorative justice to encourage young people to take responsibility for their behaviour, and at the same time, give them the opportunity to make amends.
The Referral Order Panel is chaired by volunteers from the community, assisted by a member of the YJS. The young person agrees a contract with the Panel which can include reparation or restitution to their victim, as well as undertaking a programme of interventions and activities to address their offending behaviour.
The young person attends regular review meetings with volunteers and their YJS case managers to review and monitor their progress.