Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).
The research aimed to explore Triage, a restorative disposal available for young people who have committed a low-level offence. Triage has been found tobe associated with reduced re-offending, but little is known about the process and impact of Triage from the perspectives of the young people themselves. This qualitative study explored young people’s experience of Triage. Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with young people (aged 14-17) who had participated with the scheme in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Thematic analysis yielded three themes: Effective engagement in promoting change, reflection of incident, and moving forward. The themes captured the process in which young people engage with Triage; of central importance was the relationships they form in promoting change, and the strategies they adopt to affirm a non-offending ideal, allowing them to move forward with their lives.
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