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Can online practitioner training be effective?

James Simon
28 May 2020

There is no doubt that lockdown has had a huge impact on the restorative work being undertaken across the globe. It has meant that service providers and practitioners have had to adapt quickly; finding new ways to work within the new virtual world we find ourselves in.

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Consultation on Improving the Victims’ Code - Our Response

James Simon
25 May 2020

The Victims’ Code is the statutory document which sets out the minimum level of services that victims of crime should receive from criminal justice agencies and other organisations in England and Wales. It came into effect in 2006, having been required by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. It built on the support for victims within the Victims’ Charter, which was introduced in 1990 and which set out for the first time the levels of service victims of crime should expect. The Code was updated in 2013 and again in 2015.

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Keeping restorative justice on the agenda

James Simon
21 May 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a swift and immediate impact on the delivery of restorative justice across the United Kingdom. It has led to many service providers facing significant operational challenges and a need for practitioners to quickly adapt the way in which in they work to ensure that they can continue to support service users during lockdown. It is not unusual for practitioners to have to be adaptable; the environment in which we work often leads us to amend they way in which we work to ensure that participant needs are met.

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Interview with the European Forum for Restorative Justice

James Simon
13 May 2020

Jim Simon - RJC CEOOur CEO was recently interviewed by the European Forum for Restorative Justice as part of their #SolidarityOverDistance campaign. The interview focused on the current Covid-19 situation in the UK and our work in producing guidance for delivering restorative justice online.

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Adapting practice in a changing world

James Simon
20 March 2020

We find ourselves in an unprecedented period of time where restrictions to our normal day to day routines  have led to dramatic changes to all aspects of our personal and professional lives. But life goes on and we will all inevitably adapt the way in which we conduct our day to day business during these challenging times.

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Coronavirus Update - Managing the risk of Covid19

James Simon
17 March 2020

Coronavirus Update - Managing the risk of Covid19

The RJC have been contacted by several members requesting advice on whether practitioners should continue to offer face to face restorative justice meetings in light of the government advice issued yesterday. We will all be aware that the latest advice issued by the government stated:

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Is the use of surrogate victims an emerging area of practice?

James Simon
11 March 2020

When reviewing feedback from our recent Practice Guidance consultation we were asked:

“Would you consider including guidance on the use of proxy/surrogate participants in cases where the person affected did not wish to take part themselves, but would like another person to step in on their behalf?”

It was a question which split the committee but left us wanting to find out more!

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UK Learning Tour

James Simon
6 February 2020

I was delighted to host fellow restorative practitioners from South Korea as they undertook a UK Learning Tour. Working closely with the Korea Peacebuilding Institute (KOPI) we welcomed 28 restorative practitioners, researchers and academics to the UK in Mid-January. The purpose of the tour was to better understand how we have developed restorative practice across a range of sectors. To this end, we visited a range of organisations from across the UK including those working within criminal justice, education and health settings. There was also a keen interest to learn about how the UK are progressing with developing a restorative city model of practice. Over a 10-day period we visited 15 organisations and hosted two knowledge exchange seminars. We travelled a total of 1438 miles visiting Bristol, Coventry, Nottingham, Wakefield, Liverpool, Belfast and London.

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Using restorative justice in cases of environmental harm

James Simon
25 September 2019

Environmental crimes could be considered to be "victimless" but is this really the case? The harm caused often affects many people and the communities in which they live and work. Given that the harm caused by environmental "crimes" is often irreparable and, because there is often no identifiable victim, the justice system traditionally relies on punitive measures to hold those causing harm to account, however, it could be argued that this is not the most effective way of repairing the harm caused.

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Using restorative interventions in cases of drug dealing and supply

James Simon
25 September 2019

A question was raised by RJC member Alex Hyatt, Sussex RJ Partnership, about the difficulties in providing restorative interventions in cases of drug dealing and supply.

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