Sunderland Youth Offending Service awarded the RSQM

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7 October 2016

The RJC is pleased to announce that Sunderland Youth Offending Service has been awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).

Jon Collins, the RJC’s chief executive, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Sunderland Youth Offending Service for having successfully completed the RSQM. This is a mark of the organisation’s dedication to ensuring the highest standards in safe and effective restorative practice.”

The RSQM is a badge of quality that demonstrates that a service provides safe, high quality restorative practice which meets the six Restorative Service Standards. Sunderland Youth Offending Service joins other RSQM awardees – in sectors ranging from criminal justice through education to care – who are guaranteed to deliver high quality restorative processes.

Simon Smart, Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, Sunderland Youth Offending Service, said:

“As a service that has been involved with youth justice and restorative justice for over 10 years we wished to demonstrate that we have worked, and continue to work, to recognised delivery standards. Also that we continue to strive to make our service a better one for victims.

“It is important to have recognised standards to ensure that all victims can have confidence when offered restorative justice, that the service offered is delivered by an independently accredited organisation.

“I would recommend the RSQM to any organisation, as it helps services to look at their delivery of restorative justice and also to reflect on strategic leadership and partnerships. Most importantly, it helps to ensure that the service they are delivering works for victims! The support from RJC from the very beginning has been excellent.”