Action Plan Orders

Utilized pursuant to relatively serious offenses, Action Plan Orders enable early intervention in order to prevent future, similar behavior. They are of three-month duration. Before issuing an Action Plan Order, the courts will consider a written report prepared by a YOT member (Act 1998, ss. 69 and 70; Home Office, 2000). By such means, offenders may be required to do any or all of the following:

• participate in specified activities at specified times;

• present themselves to a specified person (e.g. a YOT member);

• present themselves at an attendance center;

• refrain from frequenting a particular location;

• comply with specified educational requirements;

• make reparation to a consenting victim, or to the community; and

• attend any hearing fixed by the court. (Act 1998, s. 69(5))

As far as reparation is concerned, care is taken to emphasize that this activity is not a purely mechanistic or 'eye for an eye' approach. Intended to meet the needs of a victim who is willing to be involved, as well as addressing the young person's offending, reparation may take a number of different forms, including a letter of apology, a restorative or family group conference, or some type of practical work that benefits the victim and perhaps the wider community as well (Akesher, 2000).

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