>The 1998 Crime and Disorder Act made significant changes to the youth justice system. Youth offending teams were set up throughout the country. The teams consist of partnerships between police, children's social care, probation, education and health services together with statutory and voluntary services.
Our aim is to and reduce offending by young people in our area, and we believe the best way to do this is to ensure that young people who commit crimes are encouraged to take responsibility for the harm and loss they have caused their victims, and make amends to their victim and/or the community.
The crime you have experienced may have left you with many questions and feelings that do not easily go away. This can be extremely upsetting and we want to do all we can to help you come to terms with the distress and loss you may have suffered.
We have found that some victims of crime often want to know the answers to questions like:
In the majority of cases, you will be contacted by your local victim liaison officer, who will provide you with information about the outcome of the case. You will then be offered the opportunity to participate in an appropriate restorative justice process this could include one or more of the following:
Victims of crime who decide to take part will have their needs and wishes taken into account and will be fully supported in any choices they make. Participation in the process is completely voluntary.
There are a number of organisations that provide help for victims.