Giving back to the community

Community service

When a Court gives a young person a sentence, they can choose from several options.

A typical sentence for a young offender is a ‘community order’.

All community orders should include an element of reparation. Reparation makes a young person give something back to the community.

The East Sussex Youth Justice Service manages this work which includes:

  • upkeep of public parks, gardens and school grounds, painting park benches
  • refurbishing youth and sports club buildings
  • charity bag drops
  • preparing clothes and making bird boxes

Restorative justice

A victim can ask for direct or indirect reparation from the offender. The Restorative Justice coordinator talks to the victim. They find out what they expect and decide whether it’s achievable.

The Youth Justice Service can talk to you about this.

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