Marcia Walker is a Restorative Justice worker assigned to the real case of a shopkeeper who was badly hurt when a 17-year-old boy hit him on the head with a glass bottle. With Marcia's support and mediation, the shopkeeper and the boy meet at the Youth Offender Panel meeting. The shopkeeper and the boy talk about how they felt about this meeting and the beneficial effects of the encounter.
This clip could illustrate the role and duties of Restorative Justice workers. Ask students to work in groups to consider why this approach worked in this instance? What are the benefits of this approach for victims and offenders? Are there any drawbacks? Students could research Restorative Justice approaches in Scotland.
As a wider discussion, the class could consider the involvement of victims and offenders in the justice system. A debate could be held on whether victims of crime or their families should be involved in aspects of law such as sentencing.