Our campaigns

Our campaigns aim to increase access to Restorative Justice for people affected by crime and conflict in England and Wales. We do this by celebrating good practice, highlighting gaps, working with practitioners and decision-makers and doing our own research.

Why me? asks PCC Candidates to #SignTheRJPledge

We are campaigning for all candidates in the Police & Crime Commissioner elections to #SignTheRJPledge , committing to ensure that any victim of crime is informed about Restorative Justice, and can decide for themself if they want a referral to a restorative provider.

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Improving restorative practice for young people

This three year project aims to improve access to Restorative Justice for young people who have committed crimes, and the people harmed by their actions. We are particularly focussing on people from BAME communities, who are overrepresented in the criminal justice system.

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Valuing Victims

Our Valuing Victims Campaign highlights the benefits of Restorative Justice to victims of crime, and the challenges which they face in accessing it.

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Previous Projects

Inclusive Restorative Justice during COVID-19

This project focused on the development of Restorative Justice resources for people affected by crime and the professionals supporting them. The fund was made available following the COVID-19 outbreak, in order to support people who are affected by the pandemic.

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Taking the Conversation ‘Inside’: Supporting Restorative Justice within a prison setting

We worked to increase the number of people accessing Restorative Justice while serving a custodial sentence.

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Empowering victims to speak out 

We worked with victims of crime in London who have experienced Restorative Justice, to talk about their experiences and have their voices heard.

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Access to Justice: Restorative Justice for hate crime in Lambeth and Southwark

Why me? worked with police forces, youth offending teams, parent-teacher associations and civil society organisations to improve hate crime victims’ access to Restorative Justice in Lambeth and Southwark.

We worked to identify groups who are particularly affected by hate in these two boroughs, and to find out about the barriers, needs and considerations that should be taken into account. We achieved this through working with community groups, and hearing their feedback.

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Making the Parole Board work for victims of crime

Why me? and the Parole Board worked together to support better understanding of Restorative Justice among the Parole Board’s panel members, and better understanding of the Parole Board among Restorative Justice services and practitioners. This led to two leaflets being produced and disseminated to increase this mutual understanding, and victim awareness training being provided by the victim of a serious crime who had benefited from Restorative Justice.

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Improving communication with victims about Restorative Justice

Many people will carry out their own research to self-refer to Restorative Justice. But how easy is this information to find?

Using a volunteer to play the part of a victim of crime, we tested how easy it is to find information about Restorative Justice in each police area. Each Police and Crime Commissioner was sent a detailed report of our findings and they were invited to make changes to improve the information available to victims of crime. We have subsequently reviewed the PCC websites to see if changes have been made. We were pleased to see that 25 out of the 41 PCC areas had made changes since we published our findings.

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To find out more about our Restorative service and policy work during COVID-19,please click here