How restorative justice works

Restorative Justice allows for communication between those affected by a crime and those responsible for the crime. The aim is to help everyone who is affected by the crime to have a role in repairing harm and identifying positive ways forward.

A member of the Suffolk Youth Justice Service (SYJS) will contact the victim and offender separately to decide how best to communicate. Communication could include a letter of explanation or a direct meeting.

Throughout the process support is given to the victim and the offender. The SYJS will act as a mediator and make all the necessary arrangements.

Restorative Justice holds offenders to account and helps them understand the real impact of their offence, to take responsibility and to make amends. Communicating with the offender gives victims the chance to encourage the offender to understand the effects of their actions and to make amends.

Suffolk Youth Justice Service is accredited by the Restorative Justice Council.


Please see our restorative justice case studies for more information:

A victim who met the offenders

Anthony's experience of restorative justice