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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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Requests for information relating to offender engagement

James Simon
25 September 2019

RJC member Helena Cryer from Lancashire Constabulary contacted us seeking guidance on best practice when receiving requests from the parole board for information related to offender engagement in restorative processes. This is an interesting topic for discussion which I am sure will have many complexities including issues surrounding GDPR and information sharing protocols.

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What is education really for? Findings from the latest restorative practice research

10 January 2019

A new evaluation of restorative practices in US schools has found restorative practice to have several positive effects, including a reduction in suspension rates and an improvement in overall school climates.

Researchers from RAND Corporation evaluated outcomes for students, teachers and schools at 44 schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Half of these schools had adopted a two-year restorative programme, the other half had not.

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A brave new world: honest evaluations of a challenging educational climate

7 December 2018

This is a guest blog from Tom Procter-Legg, headteacher of Iffley Academy, a special school in Oxford which holds the Restorative Service Quality Mark

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Towards a renewed partnership? Reconsidering the role of religion in restorative justice

24 October 2017

This blog is the third of the RJC’s blog series highlighting how restorative practice connects with some of the big themes of the day. In this blog, Yutaka Osakabe, a PhD researcher at the University of Aberdeen, reflects on the long-disputed role of religion in restorative justice from his fieldwork.

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Racism in the playground: a restorative response

11 October 2017

This blog is the second of the RJC’s blog series highlighting how restorative practice connects with some of the big themes of the day. In this guest blog, Luke Roberts, restorative practitioner and managing director of Resolve, reflects on how restorative approaches can help staff to address racist incidents in schools.

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