If you are a Business and you have been a victim of an offence committed by a young person you will be contacted by the Calderdale YOT Victim Restorative Officer or a Calderdale Victim Worker.
We understand that everyone reacts to the impact of crime differently and you may be frightened, upset or angry; whatever you are feeling is completely normal and you can gain further information here.
The Victim worker will listen to your needs and explain your rights and the different Restorative Options available. It is your decision if you want to be involved.
In criminal justice, restorative practice is widely known as restorative justice. Restorative justice gives victims the chance to meet or communicate with the offenders to explain the real impact of the crime - it empowers victims by giving them a voice.
Restorative justice is about victims and offenders communicating within a controlled environment to talk about the harm that has been caused and finding a way to repair that harm.
For offenders, the experience can be incredibly challenging as it confronts them with the personal impact of their crime. For victims, meeting the person who has harmed them can be a huge step in moving forward and recovering from the crime.
Restorative justice conferences, where a victim meets the offender, are led by a facilitator who supports and prepares the people taking part and makes sure that the process is safe. Sometimes, when a face to face meeting is not the best way forward, the facilitator will arrange for the victim and offender to communicate via letters, Restorative Voice Recording or Restorative video.
For any kind of communication to take place, the offender must have admitted to the crime and both victim and offender must be willing to participate.
Restorative justice can be used for any type of crime and at any stage of the criminal justice system.
Visit Adult Victims for further information.
Our Victim workers follow the Victim Code which explains your rights as a victim.
Restorative Approaches in Schools
We aim to encourage all schools to develop and embed restorative approaches into their everyday work and not just when a conflict arises. We offer support with this by giving free one hour introductions for all staff, which in itself can provide a grounding in restorative approaches. Further training and support is offered for a modest fee.
Schools who are working towards this are finding it invaluable for teaching children to manage their own conflicts and to develop a sense of community.