The reparation order was created by the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act as a way of dealing with young people between the ages 10 and 17 who have been convicted of a criminal offence. A reparation order is a court order which requires the young person who committed the offence to complete agreed activities carried out to the benefit of the victim, or the community at large, for up to a period of 24 hours. The reparation order can be used on its own or combined with other orders. The offender may be asked to write a letter of apology or complete a community based project such as litter picking, gardening or painting playground equipment.
The aims of the Order are:
To prevent re-offending by making the young person aware of the impact of crime upon their victims, the community, their family and the young person themselves.
To give the young person the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions and to make amends to the individual and/or community to which they have committed offences against.
A meeting will be arranged for the young person and family to attend the Youth Offending Team in the Law Courts, Glebeland Place, Merthyr Tydfil, when the planning will begin for the order.
During the period of the Order, the young person will have to do all or some of the following:
If the young person fails to attend and participate without reasonable excuse, on the first occasion a warning letter will be sent. On the second occasion, the Youth Offending Team Officer is obliged to start Breach Proceedings. This will mean a return to Court, where the Young Person can be re-sentenced for the original offence.
Parents & Guardians are expected to assist the young person in the following ways: