Victim Support’s restorative justice work recognised with the RSQM

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9 February 2018

The RJC is pleased to announce that several of Victim Support’s restorative justice services have been awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).

The accreditation covers Victim Support National, Victim Support West Mercia and Warwickshire, Victim Support Merseyside and Victim Support Sussex.

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

“Congratulations to all the teams involved at Victim Support on achieving the RSQM. This demonstrates their commitment to delivering safe and effective restorative justice services.”

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. Victim Support joins other RSQM awardees – in sectors ranging from criminal justice through education to care – delivering high quality restorative processes.

Barbara Oakley, Victim Support’s operations manager and restorative justice lead, said:

“Applying for the RSQM has been a team effort involving several different counties. We all feel really proud that we have been able to work alongside each other to provide good quality consistent restorative justice services across our whole organisation.”

Speaking of the importance of restorative justice to their service, Barbara said:

“Victim Support is primarily a national charity offering support to victims of crime. Part of a victim’s journey to cope and recover is being able to find closure. This often involves understanding issues from the offender’s perspective, which is where restorative justice plays such an important part in the work we do.”

You can find out more about the Restorative Service Quality Mark here.