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Read our latest posts on a range of subjects related to restorative practice below. 

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Strengthening democracy through restorative practice – empathy, power and a sense of self

Chris Straker
14 September 2017

This blog is the first of a new RJC blog series highlighting how restorative practice connects with some of the big themes of the day. In this first blog of the series, the RJC’s interim chief executive, Chris Straker, reflects on the links between democracy and restorative practice.

Tomorrow is International Day of Democracy, with a theme of ‘democracy and conflict prevention’. This provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on the vital, but often overlooked, role of restorative practice in strengthening democratic involvement.

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Look for where the circles intersect - a comment on the Lammy Review

Chris Straker
8 September 2017

David Lammy’s review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system was published today. Lammy raises important points on the disproportionality of BAME people within the criminal justice system. However, it is disappointing that restorative justice receives so little discussion within the review.

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Goodbye, and good luck

Jon Collins
31 July 2017

After more than three years, this will be my last blog post as chief executive of the RJC before I move on to pastures new. It has been an enormous privilege to work for the RJC and to work with and on behalf of our members, supporting them to deliver high quality restorative practice across England and Wales.

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What’s in the manifestos for restorative justice?

Jon Collins
22 May 2017

With the general election a little over two weeks away, campaigning is in full swing and the main three parties have published their manifestos.

As expected, crime and criminal justice have not been prominent in the campaign so far, with the exception of the fallout from Dianne Abbott’s excruciating interview on the cost of Labour’s pledge to recruit 10,000 more police officers. But all of the manifestos contain the obligatory sections on law and order, so what do they tell us about the prospects of restorative justice in the next parliament?

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Restorative justice and domestic violence – getting it right

Jon Collins
28 February 2017

Last week, Sam Gyimah – a minister at the Ministry of Justice – confirmed, in an answer to a parliamentary question tabled by Labour MP Christina Rees, that the government believes that ‘there can be a place for restorative justice in domestic abuse cases alongside prosecution’.

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Should there be a restorative response to sexual harassment?

Jon Collins
13 February 2017

Last week, following the Article 50 vote in the House of Commons, it was widely reported that the secretary of state for Brexit, David Davis, tried to kiss the shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who had reluctantly supported the government’s Bill. In response, she reportedly told him to ‘fuck off’.

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Why stories matter

Jon Collins
16 January 2017

Last week, a Westminster Hall debate was held on the report of last year’s Justice Select Committee inquiry on restorative justice. For readers not familiar with the intricacies of parliamentary procedure, Westminster Hall debates provide an opportunity for MPs to debate an issue and get a response from a government minister. While they may not directly lead to change, they do provide an update on the government’s views.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

19 December 2016

It’s the week before the Christmas break, and I’m sure that none of my regular readers (hello to my mum and the people who are paid by the RJC to read this) want another lengthy policy-based diatribe when everybody is already thinking about the holidays.

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Victims of child sexual abuse and restorative justice

Jon Collins
5 December 2016

Last week the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse published the first personal accounts from survivors who have taken part in their Truth Project, which provides a safe environment in which survivors of child sexual abuse can share their experiences. Unsurprisingly, they make harrowing reading.

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Celebrating International Restorative Justice Week

Jon Collins
21 November 2016

This week is International Restorative Justice Week. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in the restorative practice field in the last year, to look forward to what’s coming up in the future, and to celebrate the great restorative work going on around the country.

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