Mark Walsh

Fellow’s Profile

Mark Walsh

Peer courts UK: ‘Restorative justice for youths administered by youths’

Fellowship

Focus

Developing viable alternatives for youth offenders including peer courts and restorative justice

Fellowship year

2013

Locality

South East

Biography

I work as a train driver after switching career following 16 years in policing. For over a decade I focused my policing career on supporting young people, creating effective strategies to ensure their views were represented in policing, and creating opportunities for them to have positive interactions with the police. As a youth offending officer, I was also responsible for managing young people who became involved with the criminal justice system, and developed strategies to divert them away. It was during this work that I secured a Fellowship to explore peer-led youth interventions in the USA. In particular, I explored the concept of teen and peer courts, and on my return established an adaptive model in Hampshire to great success. The award-winning programme is still in operation today, leaving a lasting legacy from my Fellowship. It has won national awards, working and engaging with hundreds of young people. Although I have left policing, I still volunteer in a number of roles connected to the spirit of my Fellowship and I also mentor a number of young people.

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Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.