Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service

Community payback is a particular type of Restorative Justice, often used where the victim does not want to be involved in direct restorative action bbut may give a view on where the young person completes the work where possible.  Children and young people will undertake activities in the community for the benefit of someone else, for example a local charity, or in a local park.  They will go with an NYOS worker who will work alongside them, teaching them skills as well as supervising and making sure they do what has been agreed.  In this way, the child or young person directly benefits from doing something for the community, rather than just being ‘punished’.

NYOS calls this type of Community Payback ‘Reparation’ and we work closely with our partners – the ‘Community Beneficiaries’ to make sure that the work that children and young people do has direct value in the community.

Until recently, Unpaid Work was provided by the Probation Service for 16 and 17 year olds as well as for adults.  As a result of the changes in the arrangements for Probation nationally, since  June 2014, Northamptonshire Youth Offending Services has been responsible for Unpaid Work for all young people.

Unpaid Work/Community Payback (UWCP) is a Court ordered requirement as part of a Youth Rehabilitation Order.  Young people aged 16 – 17 can be required to complete work for between 40 – 240 hours. The purpose of this is:

  • Reduced re-offending and reintegration of the young person
  • Punishment – sentence of the Court is completed
  • Making reparation to the community
  • Employment/education and apprenticeship skills

To complete this, NYOS will supervise young people carrying out work that benefits the community and/or as part of a restorative process that benefits those harmed by the offence. NYOS will also work with that young person to equip them with the skills to be ‘employment ready’. This way the young person will pay back to the community and victim for their offending behaviour and also gain skills to enable them to be become productive members of society.