New RJC report: commissioning safe and effective restorative justice services

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27 July 2018

The RJC is pleased to announce the publication of its report of five regional workshops for commissioners of restorative justice services.

Since funding for restorative justice services was devolved from the Ministry of Justice to police and crime commissioners, there has been the opportunity to design local services to meet the needs of local communities. These workshops provided a vital opportunity to share notes on what’s working well and how challenges are being met with innovation in different areas.

The events were attended by over 200 people including commissioners, service providers and key agencies across England and Wales.

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

“It was inspiring to travel across England and Wales and hear how different areas are providing high quality restorative justice services. The report is full of case studies, quotes and examples of how local commissioners are meeting the needs of their communities. We hope that this is the start of deeper engagement with police and crime commissioners around restorative justice service provision.”  

Dr Kerry Clamp, RJC’s chair of trustees, said:

“These workshops were an excellent opportunity to take the pulse of restorative justice service provision across England and Wales. We heard what’s working well, what innovative practice is being developed, and where there are still problems to be solved. I’m looking forward to working with national and local stakeholders over the coming months to take forward the actions and recommendations from the report.”

Dame Vera Baird, Victims Portfolio Lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, says in her foreword to the report:

“Restorative justice does work and I was delighted that the regional workshops were able to stop in my force area, Northumbria.

“The regional workshops helped attendees gain a clearer understanding of the challenges faced and allowed participants to share ideas and best practice to increase the take up.”

The RJC would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the workshops.

You can access and download the report here.