John Howard Society of Peterborough

Youth Justice Committee

The Youth Justice Committee is part of the Youth Diversion Program at JHS which offers an opportunity for youth in conflict with the law to engage in restorative justice practices. These practices include restorative circles, facilitated dialogues or other approaches guided by restorative principles.

The principles of a restorative practice are:

  • Victims’ needs are met.
  • Young people take action to repair the harm they have caused.
  • Community members have a role in the justice process.
  • Everyone is guaranteed respect.
  • Victims and offenders move forward peacefully.

What Happens?
Those affected by an offence are invited to share their feelings and experiences.  They may attend a circle or dialogue in person; elect a representative to appear on their behalf; or write a victim impact statement. As a result of hearing from those affected by their actions, young people often become  more aware and accountable of their impact on the community.

Parents, family members, friends, and supporters of both parties are encouraged to attend. Everyone present has a voice in the success of the restorative process.

The Youth Justice Committee relies upon a team of skilled volunteers to facilitate restorative conferences.  Check out our Volunteer page on how to become involved.

Who is Eligible?
The Youth Justice Committee serves young people between the ages of 12 and 17 who are in conflict with the law.

For more information call / text:  Amy at 705 927 1511  or