Youth Justice Family Group Conferences: Do Restorative Measures Prevent Re-Offending?

Published 13/12/2006
Type Article
Author(s) Dr Nikki McKenzie
Corresponding Authors

With the introduction of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) in the UK, a shift in policy and in turn a developing interest in restorative programmes as a means of preventing youth offending and reducing recidivism was seen. This paper will draw upon the findings of the evaluation of the Hampshire Youth Justice Family Group Conference Project. It will examine issues around process; the extent that participants felt that the young person took responsibility for his/her actions, paid reparation to the victim/community and was reintegrated into their family/society. Finally it will discuss whether this type of  restorative intervention is successful in reducing recidivism.