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Two new organisations achieve the RSQM

24 June 2016

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.”

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RJC AGM 2016 - save the date!

23 June 2016

We are pleased to announce that our 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and members’ conference will be held on Tuesday 22 November in London.

In previous years, this event has been a great opportunity for us to meet our members, hear your views and come together to discuss what has been and will be happening in the restorative practice field.

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Delivering restorative justice – making multiagency partnerships work

13 June 2016

The RJC has published a new report looking at the ways in which organisations delivering restorative justice can join together to develop multiagency partnerships. The report is based on work undertaken with three areas – Hertfordshire, Northumbria and Sussex – where multiagency partnerships have been formed. 

The RJC held events with all three areas, and extracted some broad principles surrounding the development and effective running of a multiagency partnership. These findings are contained in the report, along with practical advice on how to set up a partnership.

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New polling shows overwhelming public support for restorative justice

6 June 2016

Newly released Ipsos MORI polling, commissioned by the Restorative Justice Council, confirms that 80% of the public believe that victims of crime should have the right to meet their offender. Among people who had been a victim of crime, this figure rose to 85%.

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Three organisations awarded the RSQM

27 May 2016

The RJC is pleased to announce that three more services have achieved the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). The Dracaena Centre, Calm Mediation – restorative justice service, and Blackburn with Darwen youth justice service all now hold the RSQM.

Jon Collins, the RJC’s chief executive, said: “It’s fantastic news that these services have all achieved the RSQM. This is a testament to the high quality of their work and their commitment to using restorative approaches in a safe and effective way.”

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RJC responds to Home Secretary’s comments on restorative justice for victims of domestic abuse

18 May 2016

In a speech yesterday at the Police Federation Annual Conference in Bournemouth, Theresa May criticised the police for using restorative justice with victims of domestic violence. She spoke of victims being asked to meet their abusers “with no consideration of the psychological and emotional damage that can cause”.

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RJC job opportunity - policy and communications officer

13 May 2016

The RJC is looking for a policy and communications officer to join our external affairs team.

The post holder will support the team in developing and monitoring the RJC’s communications, policy research and stakeholder engagement work.

The post requires a highly motivated individual able to work well on their own and in a team. Strong writing skills and attention to detail are essential, and they will need to be resourceful and personable as they will working with our key partners and developing relationships with new stakeholders. 

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Three more organisations achieve the RSQM

9 May 2016

The RJC is pleased to announce that three more services have achieved the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). County Durham Youth Offending Service's (YOS) Restorative Work, Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership and the Restorative Justice Team from Hampshire Youth Offending Team have all recently completed the application process and now hold the RSQM.

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Why me? publish report on PCC provision of restorative justice

28 April 2016

Why me? have today released the results of their research into Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) provision of restorative justice.

The research focused on PCC expenditure and delivery. Why me? looked at what services have been commissioned and how accessible they are to victims, as well as trying to find out how much of the £23 million the Ministry of Justice allocated for PCC delivery of restorative justice over the three years from 2013 had been used.

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RJC presents evidence at Justice Select Committee inquiry

19 April 2016

Jon Collins, the RJC’s chief executive, gave oral evidence to a Justice Select Committee hearing in Westminster this morning. The hearing was part of the select committee’s inquiry into restorative justice, and followed on from a written consultation earlier this year.

The session covered topics including the evidence for cost effectiveness, how well the Victims’ Code is working in practice, the potential for a Victims’ Law and the use of restorative justice for domestic and sexual violence.