Local people and those harmed by crime now have an even greater role in the youth justice system thanks to a new approach to young people who offend for the first time. Young People will be made to account directly for their crime to the community, and where it is agreed meet those that have been harmed.
Volunteers, of all ages and from all social backgrounds, have already been recruited and specially trained to sit on Panels in teamtempest.
From 2 April, youth courts have referred young offenders who plead guilty and are convicted for the first time to Panels. The panel consists of two volunteers from the local community and one member of the local youth offending team.
The Panel will meet with the young person, his or her family and wherever possible those harmed by the crime to draw up a contract. The contract will include a range of activities and restrictions designed to deal with the young person, prevent re-offending and repair the harm done.