CANW’s Reparation service helps young people aged 10 to 17 who’ve committed an offence pay back their local community.
Whether they’re making a direct apology to a victim or carrying out unpaid community work such as growing fruit and vegetables for local homeless charities or helping out elderly people with their gardening, CANW offers children and young people the chance to try again, to avoid a criminal record.
We also look at wider issues (education, housing, drugs, anger management problems), which may be affecting their behaviour so we can offer the support needed to help keep them out of the criminal justice system. Reparation aims to make children and young people aware of the consequences of their actions, and to educate and up skill them so they can build a life beyond their offence.
Community Reparation is unpaid work in the community which benefits victims and the community as a whole. Community Reparation is a way of children and young people paying back and making amends to the community. The aim is to provide children and young people with practical skills such as: painting & decorating, woodwork, gardening as well as basic life skills with an opportunity to gain an ASDAN Award. Reparation sessions are arranged so it does not conflict with: school, work or religious commitments.
There are a number of projects undertaken by the community reparation projects that include:
• Lancaster Cricket Club
• Cherry Tree Project, Blackpool
• West View Community Centre
• March Street Project, Burnley