If you’re a victim of a crime committed by a young person you have the right to attend their family group conference.
This can sometimes take courage – but it also gives you the chance to have your say. You can discuss how the crime has affected you physically, emotionally and financially.
Not only can it be healing to express how the crime has affected you, but you can help the young person face up to what they’ve done and turn their life around.
More often than not, that’s exactly what happens. Most young people want to put things right and your involvement will greatly increase the chance of a positive outcome.
We can provide advice and support to prepare you for the family group conference and answer any questions or concerns you have.
The young person, their family and others will be there to listen and help create a plan that can help put things right. And we’ll do everything we can to make you feel safe, ensure you’re treated with respect and your opinions are heard. You have the right to:
- information about the family group conference
- suggest the day, time and place of the conference
- have support there if needed
- confront the young person safely (you can ask to be seated next to the police or youth justice coordinator)
- give your views and present your expectations
- help make decisions about the plan for the young person
- be kept informed about the young person's progress.
Who will be there for you?
We know it isn't easy facing the young person who offended, so we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
The Youth Justice coordinator will organise everything and be there to support you during the meeting, but you can invite other people along for support as well. Someone from Victim Support can also attend the conference with you, or go on your behalf.
If you decide not to attend the conference, you can still have your say. Someone else can speak on your behalf, you can write a letter or we can set-up a teleconference.
For more information, contact Victim Support.
Call 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846)