Reparation orders

A reparation order is a non-custodial sentence of a court (usually a youth court), which will be supervised by a member of the youth offending team.

The aim of a reparation order is to prevent a young person (between the ages of 10 and 17) from further offending. It does this by helping the young person to understand the effects of crime on the victim(s) and to make amends.

If you are a young person who is subject to a reparation order, what does this involve?

1. You will be required to perform a programme of work, not exceeding a total of 24 hours, within a three-month period from the making of the order.

2. A member of the youth offending team will arrange to meet you in order to explain the details of the work programme:

  • attend group sessions to hear the effect that crime can have on victims and the community
  • write a letter to the victim of your crime, to apologise for your actions
  • meet the victim if he or she wishes, so that you can apologise in person
  • carry out some unpaid practical work for the victim or the community in your own leisure time.

What happens if you don’t co-operate with the reparation order?

If you do not co-operate, your youth offending team officer will ask you for an explanation. They will then decide if your reason is acceptable or not.

If you fail to keep more than two appointments without an acceptable reason, you will be returned to the youth court. The youth court may:

  • tell you to complete the order
  • fine you up to £1,000
  • impose an attendance centre order
  • discharge the order and sentence you in a different way for the original offence.

If your reparation order was made in the Crown Court, you may be committed back to the Crown Court for re-sentencing.

What if you have problems with the programme?

We want your reparation order to succeed. If you have any problems with attendance, or other problems in completing the order, you should let your youth offending team know as soon as possible.

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