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Reparation Order

A sentence to prevent children committing further offences by helping the child understand the effect of the crime on the victims.

The order can relate to the victim, someone else affected by the offence or to the community as a whole. A reparation order  but needs that person or community to give their consent.1 The order cannot involve the payment of compensation.

Reparation orders are for less serious offences. They can only be given to an offender under 18 years old and cannot be given if a child is being sentenced to a custodial sentence or a youth rehabilitation order.2

The reparation must be completed within 3 months.



  1. Section 73(1) Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000  (back)
  2. Section 73(4) Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000  (back)