Positive start for restorative justice

    The restorative justice programme is proving a successful method
    of working with young offenders in Greater Manchester, according to
    the charity the Youth Justice Trust (YJT).

    The scheme, which has been running for a year, encourages young
    people to look at how their actions have affected others,
    encouraging them to apologise and try to make amends for what they
    have done.

    Most young people also carry out some form of payback to
    compensate society.

    Age Concern, bus companies and churches are among the
    organisations with which young offenders have been working.

    YJT’s Greater Manchester’s co-ordinator of restorative justice,
    Andrew Bailey, said: “Young people have been shown to be more
    remorseful and less likely to offend when on the programme.”

    He added that research had also shown that victims appreciate
    the scheme because it helps them come to terms with what has
    happened to them.

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