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RJC principles of restorative practice

As part of the 2015 standards and guidance review, the RJC sought views from members on a proposed new version of the RJC Principles of Restorative Processes. The updated 2015 version of the Principles is available below.

A summary of members' responses and the revisions made is available here

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Restorative justice and the judiciary information pack

The RJC has published an information pack on restorative justice for the judiciary. The pack helps magistrates, crown court judges and court staff to understand restorative justice, the benefits it can bring to all parties involved in a crime and the role that the judiciary can play in the process.

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Resolution #55 Autumn 2015

The Autumn edition of the RJC’s magazine Resolution is available now! This issue features:

  • Jason's story
  • What makes a care home restorative?
  • Emma's story
  • Beyond restorative schools
  • Laura's story

And much more. Members - log in to download your copy now.

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Restorative learning - Carr Manor Community School

An article from Resolution 52 about Carr Manor Community School.

Resolution is our termly magazine for our members. Find out more about becoming a member here.

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Revising the Victims’ Code – consultation response

The RJC recently submitted a consultation response to the Ministry of Justice welcoming revised proposals to the Victims’ Code. The code of practice for victims of crime establishes minimum standards for their rights, support and protection.

The RJC would like all victims of crime to have access to restorative justice and are pleased to see common barriers to access – from information sharing to type of offence - addressed in these revisions.

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Keeping children in care out of trouble – consultation response

The RJC has submitted a response to an independent review, chaired by Lord Laming and established by the Prison Reform Trust, to consider why looked after children are more likely than other children in England and Wales to get involved with the criminal justice system. The review aims to determine what can be done to help more children in care stay out of trouble.

The RJC would like restorative justice to be used increasingly as a diversionary measure with children in care who display challenging behaviour. The following recommendations have been made as part of the submission:

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Ray and Vi's story

In May 2001, Christopher Donovan and his brother Philip were on a night out together when they were attacked by a gang of youths. Philip was beaten unconscious, and when Christopher tried to help him, he was pulled to the ground and repeatedly kicked in the head. He was then left unconscious in the middle of a four-lane road, where he was hit by a car and dragged for forty feet.

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Tony's story

I was pushing my 99-year-old mother in her wheelchair just outside the sheltered accommodation block where she lives. Her handbag, which had her purse in it, was slung over the arm of the wheelchair. All of a sudden I was pushed to one side and this boy snatched the handbag and ran off.

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Effect of restorative justice on post-traumatic stress symptoms

This research paper examined the impact of face to face restorative justice conferences on the post-traumatic stress symptoms of crime victims. The research shows that post-traumatic stress symptoms are significantly lower among victims who participate in restorative justice than victims who did not participate. 

The full paper can be downloaded below. 

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