What is best practice in making the Restorative Justice offer to victims?
Why me? will host an Open Discussion workshop in London on 2nd May. The event invites Restorative Justice Managers along with Senior Police officers and Victim Service to share experience and best practice in making the Restorative Justice offer to victims of crime.
The event is the second phase of the Valuing Victims 2017 Campaign, following National survey sent to all 42 commissioned Restorative Justice Services throughout England and Wales. We are grateful for the 26 responses received and look forward to meeting attendees on 2nd May where further discussion and learning can be had on how best to improve the offer to victims of crime.
Richard Monkhouse, Chair of Why me? said:
I am encouraged by the high level of engagement from Police and Crime Commissioners to our Valuing Victims survey and the number of participants already registered for the event on 2nd May.
Last year the Office for National Statistics recorded only 4.2% of victims as having been offered the opportunity to take part in Restorative Justice. This indicates that there is a need to widen and deepen the knowledge of those professionals responsible for commissioning and delivering Restorative Justice.
Professionals within the policing and justice sphere have a responsibility to make the public aware of their right to ask for Restorative Justice and to explain clearly how it works.
A full report will be produced following the event to capture the key learning points and will be made available to download in June 2017.