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Restorative Justice – Information for Young People

If you have been referred to Le Chéile’s Restorative Justice Project, we know that you might have a few questions and you might want to find out more. We have put together some information below that tells you a little about what we do, what restorative justice is all about and what it means for you.


What does Le Chéile do?

Le Chéile Mentoring provides a volunteer mentoring, restorative justice and family support service. We work with young people and their families, where the young person is at risk of offending.

Restorative justice is a way of looking at your behaviour and how it is affecting you and others. It helps you to put this right and move on. The word “Restorative” means to restore or repair. The word “Justice” means dealing with the harm done to another person.

When you do something wrong, Le Chéile will help you talk about the harm you did to the victim and the impact it had on them and others around you.

What is restorative justice?


Quote from a young person that took part

“I feel I was listened to and felt free to talk about what had happened. I also had my chance to talk about the impact of what happened on me”

You will be working closely with the Restorative Justice staff member during your time with Le Chéile. They will get to know you and support you while you reflect on your offending and the impact this may have had on yourself and others, such as your family, your friends or your community. 

Who will I be working with?

What is involved?

Each week you will meet with the Le Chéile staff member and you will talk about your life, the offence that has brought you to Le Chéile, and any goals you have for the future.

Over time, you will both agree on the best RJ programme that suits you and you will work towards the goal of completing this programme. This may involve a structured meeting with the person who was impacted by the offence.

The Le Chéile staff member will support you the whole time and they will answer any questions you may have.

You guide the process and it is tailored to your offence and learning needs, if you have any. It may be challenging at times, but you can get as much out of it as you put into it. 

What support will you receive?

How long will you be with Le Chéile?

Your time with Le Chéile can last up to one year or more. This will depend on you and the person that referred you to us.

“It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders”


Quote from a young person that took part

Complaints or concerns

If you have any complaints or concerns about any aspect of mentoring or Le Chéile, you can take a look at our Complaints Policy here for more information.

If you still have some questions and you want to find out more, please contact us using the form below and we would be happy to help.

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Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about Le Chéile Mentoring and the work we do, please get in touch below.