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RJC welcomes Victims' Code

29 October 2013

The RJC welcomes today’s announcement (29 September) of the Victims’ Code entitling victims to personally address offenders in court by reading a statement to explain how a crime has impacted them.

RJC Director Lizzie Nelson says: "The revised Victims’ Code is a key step in ensuring that victims of crime have a voice and we warmly welcome this development. However a victim reading a statement in court cannot replace the full restorative justice process.

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Remedi awarded Restorative Service Quality Mark

15 October 2013

The RJC is pleased to announce that Remedi have become the eighth organization to achieve the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) following the successful conclusion of its test phase.

Jemma Jewkes, the RJC’s head of standards and professional services, said: “We’re delighted that Remedi now hold the RSQM. They’ve worked incredibly hard with our assessors and consultants, and this demonstrates the very high quality level of service they offer to the public.

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RSQM awards presented at RJC Annual General Meeting

3 October 2013

The Restorative Justice Council are delighted to announce that seven trailblazing organisations have been awarded the new Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) for demonstrating that they meet the Restorative Service Standards.

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Restorative Justice Council welcomes inclusion of restorative justice in Labour victim policy

27 September 2013

The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) welcomes the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice's announcement this week that the Labour party will seek to raise the standards and scope of restorative justice.

In his speech to the Labour Party conference, Sadiq Khan said: “We know that victims who sit down with the offender, helped by well-trained facilitators, emerge feeling better from the experience. And done properly it reduces reoffending and, yes, saves money too. Win, win, win!" 

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Untapped potential of restorative justice for young adults

23 May 2013

A report published today by the RJC finds that restorative justice should be offered to all victims irrespective of the age of the offender.  The report contributes to the Transition to Adulthood Alliance campaign, and highlights the proven impact of restorative justice on reducing reoffending in young people. 

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Ministry of Justice will not rule out cases for restorative justice

3 July 2012

In the Government response to Getting it right for victims and witnesses the Ministry of Justice has said they will not ‘define or prescribe which cases are appropriate for restorative justice.’

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RJC Launch Continuing Professional Development Workshops

7 March 2012

The Restorative Justice Council is delighted to launch our new programme of Continuing Professional Development workshops for 2012. 

Building on our hugely successful Practitioner Network Days, our new CPD workshop programme brings the learning to your area, making enhanced skills training and development accessible to practitioners across the country.

Each half day workshop, led by leading practitioners and experts, is focussed on a key issue for developing your restorative practice. These workshops will:

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Justice Minister strongly encourages practitioner registration to all criminal justice agencies

6 January 2012

Crispin Blunt MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, has written to a wide range of partners in the criminal justice system to raise awareness of opportunities for building capacity and capability for restorative justice.

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Restorative Justice Council open letter to Crispin Blunt proposing amendments to the EC Draft Directive on Victims

15 December 2011

The RJC has proposed a series of amendments to the EC draft Directive on Victims.  Read our open letter to the Minister, Crispin Blunt MP, setting out these proposals. 

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What does the Ministry of Justice research into restorative justice tell us?

4 November 2011

The Ministry of Justice funded three pilots of restorative justice with serious offences (robbery, burglary and violent offences) including an evaluation by the University of Sheffield. This seven year, £7million research programme provides some of the most robust evidence internationally on the impact of restorative justice.

Across four reports Professor Joanna Shapland produced important findings regarding the implementation of restorative justice, victim participation, the views of victims and offenders and the impact of restorative justice on reoffending.