Neighbourhood resolution panels (also known as neighbourhood justice panels) are one of a number of restorative justice methods we offer to people affected by anti-social behaviour and minor offences.

How a neighbourhood resolution panel works

Everyone involved, for example the perpetrator and the victim, has to give their consent to take part in the process.

They will all be invited to a meeting to talk about what has happened, see how people have been affected and establish what can be done to make things right. The meeting may last up to an hour.

These people will be there:

  • The victim
  • The wrongdoer
  • The facilitator and co-facilitator - community volunteers
  • Approved third parties to offer support

Types of referrals suitable for a panel

Panels can be used for certain low level crimes, anti-social behaviour and some neighbour disputes. For instance:

  • Thefts (under £100)
  • Criminal damage (under £300)
  • Some public order offences
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Neighbour disputes

Who it benefits

Victims

Have much more of a say in the process and the opportunity to tell the perpetrator how the incident has impacted on them

Offenders

Have to face the consequences of their actions and the resolution could involve them issuing an apology or agreeing to make amends for their behaviour

The local community

As it can be agreed that the perpetrator takes part in reparative tasks that will benefit the wider community

Guidance

Neighbouthood Resolution Panels: Your guide

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