Creating an inclusive online experience at Why me? 

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

This is a blog by Development Officer Sula Blankenberg.   At Why me? we work with a diverse range of people with different needs and we pride ourselves on being an organisation that goes the extra mile to always improve communication and quality of service for our service users and staff. In line with the […]

Does the new Out Of Court Disposal framework have implications for Restorative Justice? 

Friday, August 5th, 2022

This is a blog by Why me? consultant Trevor Watson.    The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 provided powers to allow for the preparation of a code of practice to accompany the new two-tier Out of Court Disposal framework. 

Join us for the launch of our Economic Evaluation of Restorative Justice project

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

This is a blog by our Fundraising Officer Lucy Harris.   Do you want to know how to measure the economic value of your restorative work? Do you want to hear our key findings on the cost benefit of Restorative Justice? On Thursday 29th September, Why me? are holding a free event to launch our […]

Embedding restorative practices when working with young people

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

This is a blog by Restorative Justice Development Officer (Youth Justice), Leah Robinson.  Trauma-informed practice requires working according to a person’s entire life experiences in a holistic way, adopting a person-centred approach and focusing on ‘what happened to you?’ as opposed to ‘what’s wrong with you?’.  Restorative practices involve separating the person from the action […]

What is happening with the Victims Bill?

Friday, July 22nd, 2022

This is a blog by our Campaigns and Communications Manager Meka Beresford. Following the publication of the draft Victims Bill in May, the Justice Select Committee undertook pre-legislative scrutiny to consider any changes that need to be made to the Victims Bill before it is introduced to parliament.

Using RJ to heal historic sexual harm

Friday, July 15th, 2022

This is a blog by our Campaigns and Communications Manager Meka Beresford and Development Officer Sula Blankenberg. 

Power, Privilege, and Collaboration: Reflections from the EFRJ Conference

Friday, July 15th, 2022

Last month, Why me? Director Lucy Jaffé and Development Officer Sula Blankenberg attended the 11th annual European Forum for Restorative Justice conference. Whilst there, they presented on Project Articulate, our project aiming to widen access to Restorative Justice (RJ) for people who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL). Here, they share their learnings and […]

Join our 95:95 challenge 

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

This is a blog by our Fundraising Officer Lucy Harris.   This September, the Why me? team are inviting you to join us for our 95:95 sponsored challenge. Our team will be collectively travelling a distance of 95 miles to raise awareness of the 95% of victims of crime who are not told about their entitlement to […]

‘I knew what I needed to heal’: Report calls for improved access to RJ for victims and offenders

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

This is a blog by Ken Sutton, Secretary to the Independent Commission into the Experience of Victims and Long-Term Prisoners.

Bishop James Jones

Take Action: write to your MP

Friday, June 10th, 2022

On May 25th, the draft Victims’ Bill was published. The much anticipated draft offered a once in a generation opportunity to enshrine victims’ rights in law. This has never been done before in a single piece of legislation.

Pride Month 2022: Empowering the LGBTQ+ community to take part in Restorative Justice

Friday, June 10th, 2022

This is a blog by Development Officer Leah Robinson.   Last week marked the beginning of Pride Month 2022, a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community at a global level. Why me? wants to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of raising awareness of and increasing access to Restorative Justice (RJ) for LGBTQ+ […]

It is time for a National Restorative Justice Action Plan

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

This week Scottish Justice Minister Keith Brown announced the launch of a new national Restorative Justice hub and regional test hubs in Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders area. The hubs come as part of a four-year national RJ action plan that is being rolled out in Scotland. The plan which was implemented in 2019 has three […]

Why me? Annual Conference 2022: Breaking down barriers

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

This is a blog by Communications Officer Keeva Baxter.   On Wednesday 25th of May, we held our first Annual Conference, with a focus on Promoting Equality in Restorative Justice. We heard from a range of speakers who sparked discussions and debates around how we can create more inclusive access to Restorative Justice. As our […]

What does the draft Victims Bill mean for Restorative Justice?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Today (May 25, 2022) the draft Victims’ Bill was published. The much anticipated draft offered a once in a generation opportunity to enshrine victims’ rights in law. This has never been done before in a single piece of legislation.

Meet the Why me? Annual Conference speakers

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Our Why me? Annual Conference is fast approaching and tickets are selling out fast. Make sure to get your ticket before May 19th. Meet our full list of speakers for the day who will be discussing promoting equality in Restorative Justice.

Running for Restorative Justice

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

This is a blog by our Fundraising and Public Relations Officer Lucy Harris

A group photo of our running team

A chance for change

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

This is a blog by Director Lucy Jaffé.    We need big change to reap the rewards of Restorative Justice (RJ), and right now in the UK there is a real opportunity for the Government to commit to making it available for everyone affected by crime and conflict.

Insights from the Project Articulate Roundtable 2022

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

This is a blog by our Restorative Justice Development Officer Sula Blankenberg.   People with English as an Additional Language (EAL) may find it difficult to access Restorative Justice. In addition to language, complex terminology, cultural differences, and a lack of trust are also barriers to accessing services in the justice system.  On 24 March […]

Restorative Justice for victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

This month, Why me? are launching a new project which will seek to understand the access that domestic and sexual violence victims have to Restorative Justice (RJ). The project, kindly funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, builds on our paper and subsequent forum from 2021 on the topic, which found that RJ can empower […]

Supporting the supervisors – Why me? to launch Peer Supervision Group

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

This is a blog by our Deputy Director Linda Millington.   As a practitioner I have always valued the support I’ve received from my case supervisors. This is especially true when I’ve worked on complex and sensitive cases, which sometimes have broken new ground on when Restorative Justice can be used. Part of my role […]

Lee Valley Velopark Sponsored Race – Saturday 30th April

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

This is a blog by our Fundraising and Public Relations Intern Lucy Harris. Why me? are excited to announce that we will be participating in our first team sponsored event on Saturday 30th April. At the Lee Valley Velopark in London, our team will take part in either a Half Marathon, 10 mile, 10k, 5k […]

World Café – a restorative practice

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

This is a blog by our Trustee Belinda Hopkins.   For our first ever annual conference, we want to ensure that participants get a sense of what ‘restorative’ means not just from keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops but from their experience throughout the day.  As well as the speeches, panel discussions, engaging workshops and […]

Child Q: Can Restorative Justice help heal the harms of racism?

Friday, March 18th, 2022

This is a blog by our Campaigns and Communications Manager Meka Beresford. This week, it came to light that a 15-year-old Black school girl was strip searched, while on her period, at her school in Hackney in the middle of an exam after being accused of smelling like cannabis.  In breach of guidelines, no appropriate […]

Project Articulate: Restorative Justice and Cultural Translation

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

This is a blog by our Project Articulate Evaluators Tim Chapman and Sarah Maitland.   One of the key elements of Restorative Justice that distinguishes it from other approaches to addressing crime and justice, is dialogue. Through facilitated restorative processes, people are enabled to articulate their account of what happened, discuss what matters most to […]

Shifting the power imbalance with Restorative Justice

Friday, March 4th, 2022

This is a blog by our Campaigns and Communications Manager Meka Beresford.   When it comes to our justice system, I sometimes struggle to see the good. For years, I have seen so many survivors of sexual violence have their characters, their lives, carefully picked apart in courts. I’ve seen victims of hate crime let […]

Understanding the value of Restorative Justice

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

This is a blog by our Researcher Frank Grimsey Jones.   Whilst Restorative Justice interventions have been used in the UK for some time, and all victims are required to be offered Restorative Justice under the Victims’ Code of Practice 2021, it remains the case that only a small minority of victims and perpetrators receive […]

Why me? launches new Valuing Victims report

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

Why me? have launched the latest in our series of Valuing Victims Reports which analyse Ministry of Justice data on the implementation of Restorative Justice across England and Wales. Why me? annually make a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Justice to access the data they have been provided by the 42 police […]

#Can’tBuyMySilence: Implications of non-disclosure agreements for Restorative Justice

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

This is a blog by our Development Officer Leah Robinson.   The recent universities’ pledge has drawn into question the use of non-disclosure agreements for cases of sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of misconduct by universities across the country. This blog explores the implications this has for Restorative Justice. A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is […]

How can Restorative Justice be used to ease the pains of the past?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

This is a blog by our Development Officer Leah Robinson.   Last week marks the beginning of LGBT+ History Month 2022. This year also celebrates an important moment in LGBT+ history as being the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March in the UK in 1972.  Why me? would like to use this platform to […]

Join Lucy Fry in getting Restorative Justice rights in law

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

This is an interview with our ambassador Lucy Fry who was only offered Restorative Justice nine years after having been a victim of crime. We asked her about her thoughts on including Restorative Justice in the Victims’ Bill.  The Victims’ Bill is a draft piece of legislation that will enshrine victims’ rights into law. The […]

What excites me about Restorative Justice

Friday, January 21st, 2022

This is a blog by our Fundraising and Public Relations Officer Lucy Harris.   My enthusiasm for social and criminal justice began with my undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminology. I have always had a keen interest in the Criminal Justice System, but a limited understanding of how it functioned, and pursued this subject with […]

Once in a generation opportunity for victims’ rights: The Victims’ Bill Consultation and Restorative Justice

Friday, January 21st, 2022

This is a blog written by our Director Lucy Jaffé.   The Victims’ Bill The Victims’ Bill is a once in a generation opportunity to enshrine victims’ rights in law. This has never been done before in a single piece of legislation. The Government is consulting the public about what should be in a new […]

Widespread support for Restorative Justice amendment in the House of Lords

Friday, January 14th, 2022

This is a blog by Communications Officer Keeva Baxter.   On Wednesday 12th January, a proposed Restorative Justice amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was debated during its Report Stage in the House of Lords. The amendment required the Government to publish a new Restorative Justice action plan every five years and […]

How Restorative Justice could be used for Mina Smallman and the police officer who photographed her daughters

Friday, January 7th, 2022

This is a blog by our Restorative Justice Coordinator Mark Smith and Communications Intern Keeva Baxter.   This is an interview with our Restorative Justice Coordinator Mark Smith, who runs the Why me? Restorative Justice service, in response to Mina Smallman’s desire to speak to the police officer who took pictures of her daughters’ crime […]

Christmas 2021 Challenge

Friday, December 17th, 2021

The Why me? Christmas 2021 Challenge is now live! This year, for the first time, we are using an inspiring story to reach out to our community for donations during the festive period. We want to share Lucy’s journey and raise funds to help more people like her in 2022. Lucy is now a Why […]

Learnings from an Action Learning Set

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

This is a blog by our Development Officer Leah Robinson.   An Action Learning Set (ALS) is a group of people within a shared area of work who come together to solve workplace problems. It is based on the concept that we learn best when we can focus on changing or resolving a real issue […]

Addressing hate in sport with Restorative Justice

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

This is a blog by our Director Lucy Jaffe.    The bullying and racist abuse experienced by Azeem Rafiq from his teammates is shocking and appalling. This behaviour and the culture which allows it to continue is completely unacceptable and needs to be addressed urgently, root and branch.  During testimony to the Digital Culture Media […]

Why me?’s response to Oscar Pistorius’ upcoming “restorative” process

Monday, November 29th, 2021

The once-renowned Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, after a trial which was closely followed across the world. He remains in prison in South Africa.  Pistorius has now served half of his sentence, and is up for possible release on parole. However, it was reported today (links […]

House of Lords debate the Restorative Justice amendment to Policing Bill

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

The Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) and Why me? are disappointed that last night the Government said measures to increase access to Restorative Justice, which can significantly improve the wellbeing of victims and cut reoffending, would be an “unnecessary bureaucratic burden”. We recently worked with Baroness Meacher, who tabled an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing […]

We are recruiting a Campaigns and Communications Manager

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

Restorative Justice transforms lives. By facilitating communication between the person affected by a crime and the person responsible, it gives victims of crime a rare opportunity to have their voices heard, get questions answered, and move forward. It can also help perpetrators to appreciate the damage they have done and change their behaviour. Why me? […]

Why me? petition supports Restorative Justice in the Victims’ Law

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Restorative Justice transforms lives. People affected by crime across the country are getting the chance to have their voices heard, express how the incident affected them and move forward.  But for far too many victims of crime, Restorative Justice is something that they never know is possible. They have no idea that they may be […]

Using Restorative Justice to repair the cultural harms of the past: Black History Month edition

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

This is a blog by Restorative Justice Development Officer Sula Blankenberg.   This Black History Month has been a time of reflection for me. Reflection on the histories of African and Caribbean peoples in the UK and of the wider African diaspora. Reflection on Black people’s foundational contributions to the Britain we see today, because […]

Why me? recruiting a Fundraising and Public Relations Intern

Friday, October 15th, 2021

Why me? are recruiting a full-time Fundraising and Public Relations Intern. They will primarily support the development of fundraising so we can not only increase the income achieved each year, but also expand awareness and reach. This includes generating funds from areas that are underdeveloped or new to Why me? such as individual giving and […]

We are looking for new partners to work with us on Project Articulate!

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

We are looking for new partners to work with us on Project Articulate! Project Articulate aims to widen access to Restorative Justice for people with English as an Additional Language (EAL). In year one of the project, we partnered up with Bedfordshire Signpost, Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service (YOS), Luton YOS and PBIC, a local community […]

The next big step towards tackling hate crime

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

This is a blog by Ben Andrew, Campaigns and Communications Manager at Why me?   Have you ever been harmed because of who you are? Because of your race, your religion, your sexuality or gender identity, your disability? Being targeted because of your identity can be more damaging than other types of crime. Research has […]

“How serving as a Police & Crime Commissioner opened my eyes to the need for Restorative Justice.”

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

This is a blog by Why me? Trustee David Munro.   I’m delighted and honoured to be joining Why Me? as a Trustee. My five years as Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey brought home to me in stark detail how criminality can wreck victims’ lives and destroy communities. It’s not just the headline crimes […]

Using restorative approaches for sexual and domestic abuse: A personal choice

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Why me? have published a new paper – Using restorative approaches for domestic and sexual abuse: A personal choice.    This builds on academic research, the testimony of Why me? ambassadors, and existing good practice to unpick the benefits, concerns and best practice for using restorative approaches in cases of domestic and sexual abuse.    […]

APPG report on Restorative Justice – let’s make change happen

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Restorative Justice has released its first report: Restorative Justice APPG Inquiry into restorative practices in 2021/22. This follows an inquiry involving ten oral hearing sessions and many written responses from across the sector. Why me? and our ambassadors contributed significantly to the process, and are glad to see this […]

What South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission taught me about Restorative Justice.

Friday, September 17th, 2021

This is a blog by Why me?’s new trustee Gillian Slovo.   I’m delighted to be joining the board of trustees of Why me?: it gives me the chance to add my voice to the growing understanding of the benefits of Restorative Justice.  The notion of a more holistic kind of justice was not even […]

What is best practice when offering Restorative Justice?

Friday, September 10th, 2021

Do you work with victims of crime? With people who have offended, or are at risk of offending? With vulnerable people in a statutory agency or NGO setting? If so, it is essential that you understand how to approach the subject of Restorative Justice with service users. Why me?’s online seminar on September 29th will […]

Probation – a new opportunity for Restorative Justice

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

This is a blog by Why me?’s Director Lucy Jaffé.   An audit of the 12 new plans produced by the National Probation Service Regional Directors reveals that Restorative Justice is considered as a useful intervention but is not uniformly treated. This is a prime opportunity to open access to Restorative Justice for people on […]

Why me?’s three asks from the Restorative Justice Inquiry

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

This is a blog by Why me?’s Campaigns and Communications Manager Ben Andrew.   The written Inquiry from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Restorative Justice closed this week, concluding a long period of evidence gathering by Parliamentarians who share an interest in Restorative Justice. Why me? were glad to submit our written response, following […]

With victims of crime on the Government’s agenda, it’s time to unleash the power of Restorative Justice

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

This is a blog by Why me?’s Campaigns and Communications Manager Ben Andrew.   The Government has today unveiled its Beating Crime Policy, which aims to create fewer victims, peaceful neighbourhoods and a safe country. The Prime Minister pre-empted the launch of the policy with a pledge for every victim of crime to have a named […]

Using my heart, head and hands to transform lives through Restorative Justice

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

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? recruiting a Development Officer

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

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 […]

How I was drawn to Restorative Justice

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

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 […]

Delivering Restorative Justice Post Lockdown

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

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 […]

Does BBC’s ‘Time’ do Restorative Justice… justice? 

Friday, June 25th, 2021

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 created

Friday, May 28th, 2021

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? recruiting Communications Intern

Friday, May 21st, 2021

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 […]

Hear from The Parole Board’s CEO about latest RJ guidance 

Friday, May 21st, 2021

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 […]

Why me? launches latest Valuing Victims Report

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

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 […]

Join the team! We’re Recruiting a New Chair of Trustees.

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

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 […]

We’re Hiring! Why me? recruiting a Fundraising Manager

Monday, April 12th, 2021

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 […]

What could restorative providers need to disclose to the Parole Board? A handy guide.

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

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 […]

Victims’ Code of Practice 2020 comes into force

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

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 – An important tool in the Government’s “Smarter Approach to Sentencing”. 

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

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 […]

The opportunity for Restorative Justice following Sarah Everard’s vigil

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

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 […]

Trauma-informed practice and restorative approaches: how the two can work together

Friday, March 19th, 2021

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?’s “National Conversation” attracts a wide audience

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

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 […]

Using Restorative Justice for cases of LGBT+ hate crime.  

Friday, February 26th, 2021

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 […]

Why I became hooked by Restorative Justice

Friday, February 12th, 2021

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?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

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 […]

How can a Restorative Justice organisation become, well, more restorative?

Friday, February 5th, 2021

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 […]

Join our Action Learning Set for youth offending workers

Friday, January 29th, 2021

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 […]

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

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 […]

Victim or a Victor? – The Uninvited Guest : a powerful reflection by RJ Ambassador Rosalyn.

Friday, December 18th, 2020

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 […]

We are hiring!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

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 […]

How does race inequality play out in Restorative Justice?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

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 […]

Virtual Restorative Justice Seminar

Friday, November 13th, 2020

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 […]

Q&A with Tehmina Kazi for #HateCrimeAwarenessWeek

Friday, October 16th, 2020

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? publishes Virtual Restorative Justice: Good practice guide

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

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 […]

Thinking differently about Restorative Justice for survivors of domestic abuse

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

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.

We’re Hiring: External Evaluator

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

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 […]

Restorative Justice Changes Lives

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

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.  […]

In Conversation with Why me? intern Renan Araújo

Friday, July 17th, 2020

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 […]

In Conversation with Dame Vera Baird

Monday, July 13th, 2020

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 […]

Thoughts and feelings shared about racism in “Restorative Listening” event

Monday, July 6th, 2020

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 […]

We’re recruiting new trustees

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

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’re Hiring: Team Administrator

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

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 […]

Restorative listening: Experiences of racism in the criminal justice system

Friday, June 12th, 2020

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 […]

“Let’s do this another way” – Terrence Floyd

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

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 […]

In conversation with Ian Marder

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

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. […]

In conversation with Gary Stephenson

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

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 […]

Restorative leadership and Jacinda Ardern

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

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 Consultation and Restorative Justice

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

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 […]

Donate to support Why me? and Restorative Justice

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

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, […]

What can we do about the international backlog of court cases?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

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 […]

Restorative policing during the COVID pandemic

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

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, […]

Valuing Victims Report Published

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

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 […]

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