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.