All Party Parliamentary Group on Restorative Justice

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Restorative Justice was formed in April 2021. It is chaired by Elliot Colburn, the Conservative MP for Carshalton & Wallington, whose constituents, Ray and Vi Donovan, are dedicated campaigners for Restorative Justice (and Why me? ambassadors).

All Party Parliamentary Groups are informal, cross-party groups, run by and for MPs and Lords to focus on a specific issue of interest. The Restorative Justice APPG’s goals are:

  • To examine the use of Restorative Justice principles within the UK justice system and beyond.
  • To raise the profile of Restorative Justice principles within Parliament.
  • To provide opportunities for policy discussion and consultation.

Why me? are on the APPG’s Advisory Board in order to provide input and guidance to an inquiry into restorative practices in 2021/22, which is being held from July 5th until August 15th 2021.

This Inquiry is seeking written submissions in order to address a series of questions about Restorative Justice. These are split into two sections: setting the scene, which focuses on evidence across all sectors, and areas of discussion, which focuses specifically on Restorative Justice within the criminal justice sector.

If you have any interest or expertise in Restorative Justice, we would encourage you to respond to this Inquiry, even if you do not answer all of the questions. The APPG will produce an Inquiry report in September, summarizing the points and recommendations made in the evidence submissions. After this they will go to Party Conferences to promote its findings and decide on next steps for the Group.

Restorative Justice has the power and potential to transform people’s lives who are affected by crime and harmful behaviour. Why me? believes that everyone should have wider access to Restorative Justice and so Elliot Colburn’s initiative in setting up the APPG on RJ is very welcome. We encourage as many people as possible to respond to the Inquiry to ensure that the richness and diversity of personal experience, frontline practice, policy and research is represented in the testimony.

Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me?

Respond to the inquiry

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