What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice tries to put right the harm that has been caused by crimes.
Ealing's Restorative Justice Project helps the following people to work together to think about how to deal with the crime:
- the offender
- the victim
- family and friends of the victim
- others who have been affected by the crime
Victims can explain to the offender how the crime has affected them.
A member of the Youth Offending Service (YOS) helps the offender (the person who has caused harm) to think about what they have done and to put things right.
How do you get involved?
There are lots of ways you can get involved in Restorative Justice. It depends on:
- what the crime was
- the outcome of the crime (this means what happened to the victim and the offender after the crime)
- the person who committed the crime
Restorative Justice is voluntary. This means you don't have to do it. You can change your mind at any time.
The YOS will give you support to see how things are going.
Should you take part?
- It may help you to talk about the crime.
- It may help you to tell people what you think about the crime.
- You may want to meet with the offender and tell them how the crime has affected you.
- You may want to meet with the offender to ask 'why me?'
The YOS will arrange the meeting. Somebody from the YOS will be at the meeting. They will make sure the meeting happens somewhere safe.
You may want the offender to write a letter to say sorry. The YOS will help them with this.
For more information contact
Ealing Youth Offending Service
2 Cheltenham Place
Acton W3 8JS
Tel: (020) 8825 7524