Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service

Although NYOS was originally set up to work with the children and young people who committed the offences, NYOS is also committed to working restoratively with victims of that crime.

If you have been the victim of a crime committed by a child or young person that NYOS will be working with, we will contact you.  It is up to you whether you want to have any contact with us at all, but if you do choose to have contact with us, you can stop at any time. 

We will ask you about how you were affected by the offence and what, if anything, you want to be fed back to the young person.

If you want us to, we can give you updates about how the young person is getting on in their work with us and you can tell us about any worries you have about them.  We will then be able to talk with you about how we might help to reduce those. 

We will also ask you about Restorative Justice.  This is where the young person is expected to put right the harm that they have done in some way.  This won’t happen unless you agree, and might mean anything from telling us about the effect on you; saying where you think the young person should do some work in the community; or receiving a letter of explanation right through to meeting the young person face to face.

Even if you don’t want to get involved when we first contact you, you can always get in touch later on.  We work in line with the national Code of Practice for Victims of Crime published by the Ministry of Justice.