Youth Diversion, Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Gov. of NL

PO Box 7392, Stn C
St. John’s, NL
A1E 3Y5

Contact: John Kennedy

Tel: (709) 729-4412
Fax: (709) 729-4402

Mandate:

To enable youth to make amends for their first-time offense; to educate youth about the consequences of breaking the law; and to prevent youth crime through community awareness education

Target Population:

Youth offenders 12-18 who have been accused of and admitted responsibility for their first-time offense

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • The program acts as an alternative to the court system such that the young person can take responsibility for and make amends for their first-time offense without receiving a criminal record.
  • The program may require the young person to attend a mediation session which the victim is also invited to attend.
  • The victim, a volunteer mediator and the young person then negotiate a Youth Diversion Contract which may outline some of the following conditions: verbal or written apology to the victim; community service; personal service to the victim; education sessions based on the nature of the offense; completion of essay relating to offense; charitable donation; completion of learning resource material; financial compensation for the victim; other terms deemed suitable.
  • If there is no direct victim, a delegate is assigned to outline the conditions of the contract.
  • The Diversion Social Worker works with the young person to ensure that the contract is completed.