Minister attends RJC restorative justice workshop in Brighton

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19 March 2018

Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee MP met representatives from restorative justice commissioners and delivery organisations from across the south of England last Thursday at the RJC’s first of a series of workshops on commissioning safe and effective restorative justice services. The event took place at the i360 in Brighton.

In his speech, the minister spoke about the positive and empowering experience that restorative justice can be for victims, and the importance of high quality restorative justice services.

Dr Lee presented Brighton and Hove City Council’s restorative training team with the Training Provider Quality Mark (TPQM). The TPQM is a quality mark for restorative training providers. It enables training providers to show that they have been externally recognised, while also giving commissioners and learners confidence that the training delivered meets recognised standards.

Katy Bourne, Sussex police and crime commissioner, welcomed attendees to the event and shared her experience of the restorative justice journey in Sussex.

Attendees also heard from three speakers sharing good practice in their area: Lisa Allam from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight shared some lessons learned from commissioning restorative justice services; Tim Read spoke about restorative responses to hate in Brighton and Hove, and Diana Batchelor presented learning about restorative justice for people affected by sexual offences in Thames Valley.

Chris Straker, the RJC’s interim chief executive, said:

“We’re delighted to share with Dr Phillip Lee some of the excellent restorative justice services being delivered across the region, helping victims of crime move on and recover.”

The RJC is running four more regional workshops across England and Wales over March and April. Find out more and register here.