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.
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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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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Inclusive Restorative Justice during COVID-19
This project focuses 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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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.
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.
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.