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08 June 2007

A mock courtroom with real potential - preview

Simon Evans, Nacro’s Restorative Justice programme manager, describes an innovative pilot programme that aims to use restorative peer panels and community involvement to help young offenders change their behaviour

The Lancashire Restorative Partnership is a collaborative group consisting of senior members from criminal and social justice agencies, who have come together to create three restorative justice centres in Lancashire
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    The centres, which are located in areas of high criminal activity, are designed to increase the use of restorative justice techniques with young offenders involved primarily in antisocial behaviour
  • They will deliver their services through a multi-agency framework, bringing together representatives from the local police force, Nacro (the crime reduction charity), youth inclusion programmes (YIPs), youth offending teams (Yots), children's services, and other appropriate agencies, focusing on prevention, education, active citizenship and engagement of the whole community
  • Although the centres will deliver a range of restorative interventions, the most highly anticipated programme is the pilot scheme for peer panels, which has attracted national media attention

  • Simon Evans

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