Published On: Mon, Mar 24th, 2014 on 12:58 pm

Wakefield offenders to face up to the consequences by meeting victims

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A scheme that has provided an alternative way of dealing with adult and young offenders will be launched across the whole of Wakefield due to its pilot success.

Offenders across the Wakefield region will be supported into facing their victims as part of the Neighbourhood Resolution scheme to ensure that they are made to face up to the consequences of their actions.

Through Neighbourhood Resolution Panels, the scheme allows victims and offenders to discuss their needs in a meeting and the chance to talk about their experiences and make amends.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Restorative practice fosters dialogue between both parties and shows high rates of victim satisfaction and offender accountability.

“It also provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offending.”

Wakefield was one of the 18 local authorities in the UK to pilot the Neighbourhood Resolution Panels tackling anti-social behaviour when it was announced by the Ministry of Justice in 2012.

Initially, the panels were piloted in Lupset and Airedale in partnership with the police and community volunteers.

Due to success, the scheme will now be launched across the region with the launch taking place on 25 March at the County Hall.

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