Two new organisations achieve the RSQM
The RJC is delighted to announce that two more services have been awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). Maidstone Mediation Scheme and Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership (post-sentence service) have successfully completed their assessment and now hold the RSQM.
Jon Collins, the RJC’s chief executive, said: “I am very pleased that these organisations are delivering such good quality services to victims and offenders. Their staff are committed and dedicated and this is reflected in the consistently high standard of their work.”
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. These organisations join other RSQM awardees – in sectors ranging from criminal justice through education to care – who are guaranteed to deliver high quality restorative processes.
Kim Salisbury, Maidstone Mediation’s manager said: “We recognised that we needed to have a quality mark to show that we operate to best practice to our potential funders and partners.
“It was fantastic to hear that we had passed - we were overjoyed and felt that the hard work and hours put in were worth it.”
John Willett, the strategic restorative justice manager at the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership said: “Restorative justice is a voluntary process and therefore asking victims to enter into a service without being able to evidence its professionalism would have inherent issues and provide little assurance.
“The RSQM demonstrates that the service has been externally evaluated and attained the national standards and this can potentially provide real comfort and value when engaging with victims who may be considering entering into a restorative process.”