This is a blog by Why me?’s Director Lucy Jaffé. Ten years ago I was hired to work at Why me? by Will Riley, Sir Charles Pollard and Anne McHardy. I was really delighted to get the job, but didn’t realise that I had stumbled upon such a powerful process in Restorative Justice, that […]
Why me? are recruiting a Restorative Justice Development Officer to work 21 hours per week. They will work to increase awareness of Restorative Justice, develop best practice, develop and promote policy changes and act as a catalyst for increased use of Restorative Justice. They will particularly focus on managing and developing Project Articulate: our project […]
This is a blog by Why me?’s communications intern Keeva Baxter. Throughout my undergraduate degree in Law, I found myself drawn to the aspects of the legal system which were not fit for purpose. The course highlighted countless areas of law which let down those affected by crime or put barriers in the way […]
A blog by Linda Millington – Deputy Director of Why me? Every month Why me? invites restorative providers and practitioners to exchange knowledge in an interactive forum. Our most recent forum looked at how the easing of lockdown has affected Restorative Justice delivery. The insights shared pointed to a whole host of new considerations practitioners […]
A blog by Morgan Henderson – Communications Officer at Why me? Filmed in decommissioned HMP Shrewsbury, the BBC’s latest drama, Time, exposes some of the tough everyday realities faced by inmates and staff in British prisons. The three part drama captures the mental health crisis in prisons, staff corruption, and violence faced by prisoners […]
New All-Party Parliamentary Group on Restorative Justice A blog by Lucy Jaffe This week I observed the inaugural meeting of the new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Restorative Justice. The formation of this cross-party lobby group at the heart of Parliament is a highly welcome initiative from Elliot Colburn, MP for Carshalton and Wallington. His […]
Why me? are recruiting a Communications Intern to join our growing team This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in a career in the criminal justice or charity sector, and who wants to promote a cause which they believe in. Job Details Title: Communications Internship Salary: £19,747 per year (London Living […]
Two women approached Why me? six years ago with concerns about the way that the Parole Board was considering Restorative Justice in their cases. It was clear that many members of the Parole Board required a greater understanding of how Restorative Justice works, and the ways in which it should be considered when making decisions […]
The latest report in the Valuing Victims series has been published today, analysing data held by the Ministry of Justice about the use of Restorative Justice across the country. Why me?’s freedom of information request revealed a varied picture. While it is positive that the Ministry of Justice collects this information, the fact that […]
Our Board of Trustees are looking for someone inspired by Restorative Justice, motivated to support Why me? and with life experience they can bring to the role of Chair. Do you want to help change the lives of people affected by crime? Are you inspired by Restorative Justice? Have you previously worked […]
Role: Fundraising Manager Salary: £35k-£38k depending on experience Longevity: Fixed term contract for one year, extension based on success in role Location: The post holder needs to be within easy reach of the Why me? London office Hours: Full time (35 hours per week). Part-time option may be available for the right candidate. Holiday: Holiday entitlement is 28 […]
A number of factors are taken into account when someone is considered for parole. The Parole Board may be interested in a prisoner’s participation in Restorative Justice as part of this process, focusing on the impact it had on their behaviour, and whether this affects the level of risk posed. Why me? worked with the […]
The Victims’ Code of Practice 2020 comes into force today, entitling victims of crime to information about Restorative Justice and how to access it. This is laid out under right 3, paragraph 3.4: If the offender is an adult, you have the Right to receive information about Restorative Justice from the police and how to […]
Restorative Justice for Out of Court Disposals – a rapid review, a project roundup by Trevor Watson, Project lead and Morgan Henderson, Communications Officer at Why me? In January 2021 it was revealed that the backlog of court cases, exacerbated by COVID-19 had reached a critical level. This means victims of crime could have […]
Why me? write to Cressida Dick proposing Restorative Justice following the conflict at Sarah Everard’s vigil By Why me? Director Lucy Jaffe I have written to Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, proposing the use of restorative approaches to address the harm caused in the aftermath of the Clapham Common vigil for Sarah Everard. This murder shocked […]
A blog by Leah Robinson – Development Officer at Why me? Before joining Why me?, I was working as the Victim Liaison and Restorative Justice Worker for a Youth Offending Team (YOT). YOTs work in a young person-centered way, often conducting their work according to trauma-informed practice. Trauma-informed practice involves working with a young […]
Why me? held a really successful online conference on March 3rd 2021, attracting 90 attendees from across the country. The “National Conversation” event centred on Out of Court Disposals, sentencing reform and Restorative Justice. As well as hearing from Why me?, attendees heard from external speakers from the Centre for Justice Innovation, the Ministry of […]
We spoke to Deputy Director Linda Millington about how to use Restorative Justice for cases of LGBT+ hate crime, full details can be found here. Restorative Justice allows people affected by criminal and other harmful behaviour to communicate with the person responsible, often with the aim of a face to face meeting. The process […]
A blog by Sula Blankenberg – Data Insight and Digital Marketing Officer at Why me? Due to the predominantly punitive nature of the criminal justice system and against the backdrop of Brexit, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the Covid-19 pandemic, there has never been a more important time to talk about Restorative Justice […]
What could sentencing reforms mean for Restorative Justice? A blog by Ben Andrew – Campaigns and Communications Manager at Why me? The Government’s White Paper on Sentencing has attracted much scrutiny from the criminal justice sector, but what could it mean for Restorative Justice? The White Paper doesn’t focus on Restorative Justice in detail, but […]
A blog Tehmina Kazi – Development Officer at Why me? This was a question that the trainers from The Restorative Lab sought to explore when they delivered a five-phase training session to Why me?, from November 2020 onwards. Tom Mellor, Anna Gregory and Terence Bevington – three restorative practitioners with 30 years’ combined experience – certainly […]
Why me? are excited to offer five places to join a free Action Learning Set, available to people working in youth offending. In action learning sets, a small group of people meet on a regular basis, bringing a problem, challenge or development issue from their current workload which requires action. A facilitator manages a monthly […]
A blog by Morgan Henderson – Communications Officer at Why me? The backlog of court cases caused by Covid-19 has reached a critical level. Criminal Justice watchdogs for England and Wales revealed on Tuesday that there are 54,000 unheard cases awaiting trial in the crown court. Behind this number are people affected by crime […]
We were going to write a Christmas blog about our 2020 achievements, but then this profound and moving piece of writing from Rosalyn Boyce arrived in our inbox. Rosalyn met the man who violently attacked and raped her at knife-point in a Restorative Justice meeting in 2014. Her words in this reflective piece capture the […]
Why me? are recruiting for a new role. If you are passionate about Restorative Justice and meet the criteria for the job then we’d love to hear from you. Title: Restorative Justice Development Officer Salary: £30,000 p/a Hours: Full time, 35 hours/week Deadline: 5th January 2021 Interviews: 12th/13th January 2021 How to Apply: Send a […]
A blog by Why me? Director Lucy Jaffé I came across a book recently, Colorizing Restorative Justice, which challenged my perspective on Restorative Justice, its potential to do good, and the dangers of perpetuating racial injustice. This collection of essays asks how race inequality plays out in Restorative Justice and explores what can be done to […]
Following the publication of our Virtual Restorative Justice: Good Practice Guide Why me? have organised a one-time seminar to share and discuss how to deliver online Restorative Justice effectively. With remote-working likely to be the norm for a while longer, restorative providers need to adapt to these new circumstances. This seminar will help you to […]
Tehmina Kazi is the Development Officer at Why me?. She has worked in fields linked to hate crime throughout her career, and initially joined our team to work on our hate crime projects. She answers questions below about her experience with hate crime and the power of Restorative Justice as a response. 1) Tell me […]
Why me? have published a new guidance paper: Virtual Restorative Justice: Good Practice Guide. This paper goes into detail about everything a facilitator needs to know when managing a restorative process online, with embedded video clips to demonstrate our points. It covers a wide range of subjects, including: Using an administrator to support facilitators with […]
This is a blog by Sarah Boylan, who wrote her Masters Thesis at Oxford University on the use of Restorative Justice in cases of domestic abuse.
Why me? are looking for an external evaluator for Project Articulate: Widening access to Restorative Justice for victims of crime with English as an additional language (EAL). Project Articulate aims to open up restorative options to victims of crime for whom English is an Additional Language. It will do this by: Building the capacity of […]
Lucy Jaffé writes about the power and potential of Restorative Justice in Independent Monitor Magazine Why me?’s Director, Lucy Jaffé, had an article about Restorative Justice published in Independent Monitor Magazine this summer. The journal is sent to all members of the Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards (AMIMB) as part of their subscription. […]
Our Director Lucy Jaffé spoke to our policy intern Renan Araújo about his time at Why me?, what he learned, and what he will be doing next. Renan was a pleasure to work with in unusual circumstances, and we wish him all of the best in his future. You can watch their 3 minute conversation […]
Why me?’s Director Lucy Jaffé spoke to the Victims’ Commissioner Dame Vera Baird about how victims have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch their 9 minute interview below: Key Points Vera says that the greatest impact of COVID-19 on victims of crime is on vulnerable victims trapped in at home in abusive […]
On June 25th Why me? held a restorative listening forum, giving people the opportunity to come together and share their experiences of racism from the police and criminal justice system. This is a particularly pressing issue following the death of George Floyd and the anti-racism protests which have occurred across the world. But these issues […]
Why me? are looking for 3 new trustees, and a new Chair of the Board of Trustees, to join our small, dedicated team. This is a really exciting opportunity for people who are passionate about Why me?’s mission of opening up greater access to Restorative Justice for everyone affected by crime. We are particularly keen […]
We are looking for an experienced and highly organised administrator to join the team of seven part-time staff, to help us manage our finances and projects, strengthen the Restorative Service, develop income generation, and ensure good governance. Hours: 21 hours/week – working days to be arranged Salary: £26,000-£28,000 pro-rata, depending on experience. Holiday: 28 days […]
Following the death of George Floyd and subsequent anti-racism protests in the US and around the world, Why me? have organised a “restorative listening forum” for BAME people to share their experiences of racism from the police and criminal justice system. The forum will be based on restorative principles, and will give people a space […]
Why me? would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of George Floyd, and to everyone who has been affected by his death. Black lives matter, and institutional racism continues to kill BAME people across the world. We all need to do what we can to combat racism in the police […]
Why me?’s Trevor Watson spoke to Dr Ian Marder, a lecturer in criminology at Maynooth University, who specialises in Restorative Justice. Watch their ten minute video below: Key Points Ian did his PhD in the use of Restorative Justice by police in two english forces, and has done significant work and research about Restorative Justice. […]
Why me?’s Trevor Watson spoke to Gary Stephenson, the Chief Executive of Restorative Solutions. Their 6 minute interview on Zoom is below: Key points Restorative Solutions provide restorative services to Police and Crime Commissioners, do a lot of work in Violence Reduction Units, and work in education and health as well. They see restorative approaches […]
A blog by our Restorative Justice Administrator Carmel Kavanagh It’s a tough time to be a leader, whether that is leading a country or running a small organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic. The stakes are high, and leaders are making decisions that affect peoples’ health, quality of life and future expectations. Even the best outcomes are […]
The Victims’ Code The Victims’ Code is the statutory code which lays out the minimum level of service which victims should expect from the criminal justice system. The current Victims’ Code has been in force since 2015, and the Government are consulting on a new version which aims to be a “clearly defined set of […]
Viv woke up the night before her mother’s funeral to find that a young man had broken into her house. She was able to meet him again through Restorative Justice to explain how horrible the incident was for her, and to try to put him on a better path. This was exactly what she needed, […]
This is a blog by Renan Araujo, the Policy and Research intern at Why me?. Justice systems across the world are facing a huge backlog of cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of outstanding Crown Court cases was already at the highest level in two years at the end of March, and this […]
This is a blog by Trevor Watson, the Policy and Campaigns Director of Why me? Recent police tactics to enforce social distancing regulations have challenged the principles of policing by consent. These principles are based on the idea that police power comes from public cooperation rather than fear, due to police having the approval, respect […]
Our Valuing Victims project looks at Government funding for Restorative Justice, how it is spent in different areas, and what outcomes have been achieved. Why me?’s fifth Valuing Victims report was published on 18th March 2020. It looks at the outcomes of Restorative Justice, and how the outputs, ie referrals and case work, compares with […]
At Why me? we are working on our response to the impact of #Covid19, working restoratively as a team to support our beneficiaries, volunteers, ambassadors and each other. From 18th March 2020 the teams will be working from home and all face-to-face meetings will cease to take place until further notice. We will work with […]
After a terror attack, there is a lot of focus on how the general population reacts. But the voices and experiences of the people who were directly harmed by the incident are often forgotten amongst all of this discussion.
Ten years ago, Restorative Justice was an obscure intervention championed by a few enthusiastic pioneers. Today it forms part of the Victims’ Code, Police and Crime Commissioners provide it across the country, and it is being used for every type of crime. It is no coincidence that Why me? celebrates its 10th year as a charity this year.
Why me? are recruiting two new interns to join our growing team: a communications and administration intern, and a policy & research intern.
Restorative Justice can release the human potential of people affected by crime. We have come so far over the last 10 years, but more needs to be done to make Restorative Justice available to everyone.
It’s important for police websites to have clear information about Restorative Justice, or else victims of crime will not be able to find information and services that they need.
Restorative Justice is an amazing process which brings victims of crime back into the heart of the criminal justice process, and unlocks the potential of people who have committed the offence. Restorative Justice Week is a great chance to celebrate and promote Restorative Justice. Here’s what we got up to… Launching papers about Restorative Justice […]
What do the party manifestos say about victims and Restorative Justice?
Our pan-London LGBT+ hate crime project is nearing the end of a successful first year. To celebrate, here is an update on the work we have been doing.
The 18th – 24th of November is Restorative Justice Week, an occasion to celebrate the positive work being done and promote it to those affected by crime.
Last week Why me? and the Crown Prosecution Service presented at an event chaired by Birmingham City University academic Kusminder Chahal on Housing and Place Based Responses to Hate Crime. The event was held at the Race Equality Foundation in London. Disputes between neighbours are common, complex and can make home an unbearable place. As […]
Why me? have been working on a two year project about how to make Restorative Justice happen for hate crime. Our findings were presented at a National Conference in October at our offices in London. In attendance were staff from 12 police areas across the country, Restorative Justice facilitators, PCC staff, representatives of community groups […]
The parents of Harry Dunn, the young man killed in a traffic accident involving an American diplomat’s wife, were confronted with a sudden and serious decision just eight weeks after their son’s death. During a meeting with Donald Trump at the White House they were told that the woman who had killed their son was […]
Why me? the leading UK Restorative Justice charity, is looking for three new trustees to help with our mission to open up greater access to Restorative Justice for all victims of crime. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with the following skills/experience: Lived experience of a restorative process Fundraising experience and skills, to […]
The Ministry of Justice has asked organisations like ours to scrutinize and revise the Victim’s Code. We appreciate that a lot of thought has gone into this from the Ministry of Justice’s point of view, with their detailed Victims’ Strategy. However, we have outlined some concerns about the Victims Code proposals. Here are three key […]
Restorative Justice for sexual offences Why me? wishes to respond to discussion and recommendations concerning the use of Restorative Justice in the context of sexual offending, contained in the recent JUSTICE report. The report states: The Working Party (WP) also considers that Restorative Justice may be a useful educative tool, if used in the right […]
Seeking an experienced and highly organised individual to join our team of seven part-time staff so that we can maintain and strengthen the charity’s Restorative Service. You will be managing cases from prisons, coming from community referrals and from specific crime types, such as hate crime. You will have responsibility for supervising the casework, using […]
Seeking a dynamic, experienced and highly organised individual to join our team of seven part-time staff, so that we can expand our campaigning activities, strengthen our Restorative Service, develop income generation, and ensure good governance. You will be work closely with the Director to grow the organisation and nurture the staff and volunteer team so […]
Dave always wanted to work in the police, but he didn’t see the point of Restorative Justice. “I didn’t agree with it,” he tells me, about the course from Restorative Solutions which he went on in 2007, “I thought it was nonsense and a soft option. So I ignored it.” Dave was a police officer […]
Victims of crime feel let down by the criminal justice system. They are often silenced, left in the dark, and in the worst cases revictimized by the process. Restorative Justice puts victims’ needs first by allowing them to communicate with the offender, letting them know how the crime affected them and seeking answers to unresolved […]
Maternity Cover: Restorative Justice Development Officer – Hate Crime in London – Salary £32,000 pro-rata 28 hours/week to 31st January 2020. The Why me? Restorative Justice Development Officer is responsible for the development of Restorative Justice with communities and individuals affected by hate in the Greater London. The work involves connecting with and developing relationships […]
In June 2019, Why me? visited those involved in delivering Restorative Justice in Cleveland to find out about their approach to hate crime, and to meet Ann Marie Pearson, who had been a victim of a hate crime. Restorative Cleveland is managed by Becky Childs, who runs the service with Paul Shaw. Their approach to […]
On Tuesday 18th June, Why me?’s Tehmina Kazi and Claire Dodds co-facilitated a workshop on LGBT+ hate crime and Restorative Justice, assisted by our new intern Bethan Nicholson. We had 17 participants from a wide range of LGBT+ groups across London, as well as local authorities, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police. All of them contributed […]
This article was written by Bethan Nicholson, a volunteer intern at Why me? I started working for Why me? in June as part of a six-week placement. I was attracted to the fact that they were largely victim-focused and had a real urge to improve the current system. It is refreshing to see a group […]
We believe it is important to state our position on the use of Restorative Justice for sexual offences. This is outlined in our interim position paper below. We note that there is a national drive to seek out of court disposals for sexual offences. This is partly motivated by budget restraints but also the sheer […]
National statistics show that just 7.5% of victims recall being offered the opportunity to meet their offender. In pursuit of our aim to increase access to restorative justice for all victims of crime we have carried out a survey on how each PCC area promotes restorative justice. We have examined this from the perspective of […]
Why me? Responds to Mail on Sunday article, “Khan’s £1.3 million social justice plan helps just ten victims meet offenders.”
On Sunday, the Mail on Sunday published an article about the Mayor of London’s two-year restorative justice programme, run by Catch 22, called Restore:London. Writing for the Mail on Sunday, Martin Beckford criticised Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, for what he saw as being profligate with £1.3 million of taxpayers’ money. He noted that just […]
Volunteer position, part-time We are looking to recruit a part time volunteer to work as our Restorative Justice Administrator. The administrator will support our staff in the delivery and coordination of Why me?’s Restorative Justice service and campaigning work. The post holder will also support general administration. We are a small and dedicated team who […]
Why me? are recruiting a Restorative Justice Network Development Officer. This is a completely new position to develop victim voice in Greater London. The post-holder will work with victim survivors who have experienced Restorative Justice to spread the word about its benefits to a wider audience. The aim is for people to be empowered to […]
Why me? are delighted to be in receipt of Victims’ Fund grant from the London Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime to promote the voices of victims and people affected by crime. Our charity was established by a victim of crime who was burgled and assaulted in his home, who then met the man who […]
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Hate Crime has published a report on how to tackle the rising problem of hate crime in the UK. The report: How do we build community cohesion when hate crime is on the rise flags up Restorative Justice as a key part of the solution. In the Executive Summary, […]
This is a blog by Tehmina Kazi. She works for Why me? as our Development Officer, working on two projects about hate crime and Restorative Justice. Last night saw more twists and turns in the Brexit drama: MPs voted on no less than seven amendments. A majority of MPs agreed that a “no deal” scenario should be off the table, although this amendment is not legally-binding. Other amendments – such as Yvette Cooper’s amendment on the postponement of Brexit […]
This article is by Sophie Jess, who is a volunteer intern with Why me? In March I applied for a placement with Why me? through University and was invited to come for an interview. I told the Director Lucy Jaffe that I had no understanding of what Restorative Justice was, and she was happy to explain how it works and what the charity does to help promote it. […]
In light of the attack on a Syrian refugee in Huddersfield, our Policy and Communications Officer Ben Andrew reflects on how Restorative Justice could be beneficial in cases like this. The story of a teenage refugee being bullied in Huddersfield has gone viral over the past few days, after this video showed him being pushed […]
Today Why me? and The Parole Board publish two jointly produced leaflets to raise awareness and understanding of one another’s roles with victims and offenders. A joint letter from Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me? and Martin Jones, Chief Executive of The Parole Board has been published to accompany the release of the two leaflets: Restorative […]
The piece from Lucy Jaffé shares four case studies of people who have experienced Restorative Justice. Stories like these raise questions about how we approach justice in Britain.
Why me? and Khulisa recently hosted a two day Conference for Restorative Justice and mediation practitioners, community and youth engagement workers from Northern Ireland.
In light of last week’s publication of a Victims Strategy by the Ministry of Justice, Why me? Director Lucy Jaffé shares some reflections on what this means for Restorative Justice and victims’ rights.
Recent data shows that the proportion of incidents where victims recall being given the opportunity to meet the offender has gone up. This is undeniably good news. More victims of crime are being given the opportunity to make an informed choice about their recovery journey.
The ‘ideal restorative justice victim’: how professionals prevent victims from making an informed decision
This post comes from Rebecca Banwell-Moore, a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield whose research covers barriers to victims’ participation in Restorative Justice.
Jenny, a new volunteer Restorative Justice facilitator at Why me? recently accompanied our Service Co-ordinator to a London prison to meet offenders who have expresed an interest in Restorative Justice. Here are her reflections.
16 Years after the Restorative Justice conference between Peter Woolf and Will Riley (Why me?’s Founder), Peter reflects on how RJ is not an easy option for offenders.
This International Women’s Day, Why me? Director Lucy Jaffé writes an open letter to Laura Dern about her call for Restorative Justice at the Global Globes as part of the #MeToo campaign against sexual assault and harassment.
Our research shows that victims are not currently getting the support that they need. The Criminal Justice System needs new ways of tackling Hate Crime and meeting those needs. Restorative Justice has the potential to really address the harms caused by Hate Crime.
Why me? welcomes the Fawcett Society’s report as an opportunity for open discussion regarding the use of Restorative Justice with Domestic Violence.
This post aims to provide some clarity on the difference between Community Resolutions and Restorative Justice and discuss what is important from the victim’s point of view.
On 3rd January 2018, ITV published a news article entitled ‘Thousands avoid prosecution after saying ‘sorry’’. This is Why me?’s response.
A new National Victim Strategy is being prepared by the Ministry of Justice and Why me? respond to improve victims’ access to Restorative Justice
Why me? will be working with Lancashire Constabulary to improve hate crime victims’ access to Restorative Justice.
Exciting and flexible new position at Why me? to work closely with the Business Development Manager to develop a deeper relationship with our supporters.
During International RJ Week, we spoke with BBC Radio York about RJ and how it can benefit victims of crime
Rosalyn Boyce named as a winner at the CharityComms Inspiring Communicator Awards.
During International RJ Week 2017, Why me? launched The Hate Crime RJ Project. Read on to hear how we will be supporting victims, services and the police nationwide.