Neighbourhood Resolution

Guide to Neighbourhood Resolution

What is it about?

If everyone involved agrees, a trained person (called a facilitator) will arrange a meeting where the hurt person and the person who has done the harm can come together to try to sort out the problem.
Someone who can support you can come to the meeting too.
The facilitator will be very fair and will ask everyone the same questions and make sure everyone gets a chance to speak.

What will happen?

The facilitator will see everyone separately first to talk about the problem, then everyone involved will be asked to come to the meeting.
They will all agree to be calm, listen and respect everyone else at the meeting.
The meeting will be held in a quiet safe place.
The facilitator will ask everyone what happened and how it made them feel.
The person who has done the harm will listen to what everyone has to say and then say what they feel they should do to put things right.

How will it end?

Anyone can stop the meeting at any time if they wish.
Everyone discusses what should happen in the future and an agreement is reached. This agreement is called a contract, the contract is not a legal document and it is up to the people involved to make it work.
Everyone will sign the contract and will get a copy to keep.
The facilitator will contact you afterwards to ask if things have been better for you since taking part in the meeting.

Criteria for referrals
Low level antisocial behaviour in neighbourhoods
School disputes that spill out into neighbourhoods
Damage to property
Criminal damage
Petty theft
Physical or verbal abuse
Bullying
Minor assaults
Any low level crime which would not be taken to court
Used in conjunction with a youth order

For more details about this service and other restorative practice information please contact Debbie Parr dparr@wakefield.gov.uk telephone 07795223575 or Kelly Connolly kconnolly@wakefield.gov.uk telephone 07917599731

Wakefield Council Youth Work Team is a subsidiary of WMDC Children and Young People's Directorate (c) Wakefield Council 2013