Restorative justice commissioners share good practice in Newcastle and Blackburn

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29 March 2018

Restorative justice commissioners and delivery organisations from across the north of England came together this week at two RJC workshops on commissioning safe and effective restorative justice services. The events took place at St James’ Park in Newcastle and the Dunkenhalgh hotel in Blackburn.

In Newcastle, Dame Vera Baird, Northumbria police and crime commissioner, opened the event and described the challenges, successes and learning from delivering a victim-focussed restorative justice across the region.

Attendees also heard from Wendy Green, commissioning manager for North Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, and Derek Robson, restorative justice manager of the Durham Restorative Justice Hub.

In Blackburn, agencies and commissioners from across the North West discussed topics such as restorative justice and hate crime, service development and how to bring restorative approaches into the workplace.

As part of the event, Lancashire Constabulary were awarded with the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). The RSQM is a badge of quality that guarantees that a service provides safe, high quality restorative practice which meets the six Restorative Service Standards.

Chris Straker, the RJC’s interim chief executive, presented the award:

“Congratulations to Lancashire Police on achieving the Restorative Service Quality Mark. This award demonstrates their commitment to delivering safe and effective restorative justice services. We are pleased to celebrate their award today at this Blackburn event bringing restorative justice service commissioners and providers from across the north west of England together to share good practice.”

The events were part of a series of workshops run by the RJC in March and April, in partnership with the Association of the Police and Crime Commissioners, to encourage collaborative working across the sector.

Registration is still open for workshops in Cwmbran, on Friday 20 April, and Derby on Monday 30 April. Find out more and book your free place here

The RJC would like to thank the offices of Northumbria police and crime commissioner and Lancashire police and crime commissioner for hosting the workshops.

A report on all five workshops will be made available in May.