FOR THE YOUNG PERSON:

  • increased accountability and awareness of their actions,
  • they speak for themselves and explain the situation in their own words. They cannot depend on a lawyer to present their case.
  • they can avoid a formal youth record if they remain crime-free for a period of 2 years,
  • they can develop positive relationships with adults in the community.

FOR THE FAMILY:

  • the case is handled expediently and efficiently,
  • their needs are considered as well, and referrals can be made to address family difficulties,
  • they feel that someone is listening and willing to help.

FOR THE VICTIM:

  • they have an opportunity to express how the crime has affected them,
  • restitution, if applicable, may be used to help repair the harm that was caused.

FOR THE COMMUNITY:

  • being actively involved with the youth in their community increases the chance that they will be less likely to re-offend.
  • it shows youth that people in their community care about what goes on there, and youth are less likely to offend in a community that responds quickly when a crime is committed.
  • community work can be directed to where it is most needed,
  • the community can have a positive, effective impact on reducing youth crime.
  • provides an alternative to the court system for less serious offences, and allows the community to take back responsibility for youth who reside there.