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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 ‘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.
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.