What is Diversion?
- Why is diversion better than prison?
- What is diversion?
- Is diversion a "soft option"?
- Who is a candidate for diversion?
- What are the different types of diversion?
- What kinds of diversion programmes are there?
- Who monitors the child's adherence to a diversion order?
restorative justice. Restorative justice involves offenders accepting responsibility for the crime committed, making amends for what they have done and initiating a healing process for themselves, their families, the victims and the community. The goal of restorative justice is for offenders to rejoin the law-abiding community and prevent re-offending.
Level One Diversion
Level One Diversion is the easiest option. It involves tasks such as:
- Written apologies
- Obligatory family time
- Counselling or therapy
- Symbolic restitution
Level Two Diversion
Level Two Diversion includes orders contained in Level One Diversion, with the possible addition of:
- A maximum of 50 hours of community service over six months
- Family group conferences
- Victim-offender mediation
Level Two orders may be for a maximum of six months.
Level Three Diversion
This is the most difficult diversion options and only applies to children older than 14 years. It includes the following options:
- A residential element, that is, the child will live away from home for part of the programme
- Community service of up to 250 hours over a year
If a child fails to comply with any condition of a diversion option, it is the probation officer's duty to inform the inquiry magistrate.
- Help When a Child Has been Arrested (Service)
- Rehabilitation for Youth in Conflict with the Law (Diversion) (Service)
- Who are Probation Officers? (Public Information)
- What is Restorative Justice? (Public Information)
- What is NICRO? (Public Information)
- Life Skills Training for Young People (Service)