Evaluation of the Joint Diversionary Panel and Youth Restorative Intervention

Bond-Taylor, Sue (2021) Evaluation of the Joint Diversionary Panel and Youth Restorative Intervention. Project Report. University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service (LYOS) have been working collaboratively with Lincolnshire Police to
develop a new way of responding to young people who come to the attention of the police as a result of
their behaviour. In September 2017 they launched the Joint Diversionary Panel (JDP) as an out of court
decision-making forum, and the new Youth Restorative Intervention (YRI) as a non-statutory disposal
within the county. The University of Lincoln was commissioned to provide an evaluation of these two elements of the
initiative. The evaluation was conducted between January 2018 and April 2021, and was impacted by the
Covid-19 pandemic. The evaluation was therefore adapted to be able to consider directly the impact of
the pandemic on service delivery.

The overall findings of the evaluation are that:
Lincolnshire’s Joint Diversionary Panel has provided a robust and effective process for making informed
decisions about young people in conflict with the law, which:
a) prevents their unnecessary criminalisation; and
b) diverts them into supportive and preventative interventions.
The introduction of the Youth Restorative Intervention for use by the panel has significantly improved
outcomes for young people in the county whilst maintaining community safety.

Keywords:youth justice, diversion, restorative justice
Subjects:L Social studies > L530 Youth Work
L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:49676
Deposited On:20 Jun 2022 09:25

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