Report into reducing the use of imprisonment highlights greater availability of restorative justice in Europe

The Criminal Justice Alliance has published a report by Rob Allen Reducing the

EU Victims’ Directive supports restorative justice and establishes right to safeguards

In 2012 the UK opted into a European Union (EU) Directive establishing the right of victims to safeguards in restorative justice services and recognising the "great benefit" to victims that participation in restorative justice brings.

Joint Inspection Report highlights inconsistent quality of restorative justice

Restorative justice is being used effectively in all areas of the criminal justice system according to a report published in 2012 by the Criminal Justice Joint Inspectorates.

Ministry of Justice 2012 Restorative Justice Action Plan

The Ministry of Justice set out a strategy to build access, capacity and awareness of restorative justice across the criminal justice system in a Restorative Justice Action Plan, published in November 2012.

ACPO Restorative Justice Guidance and Minimum Standards

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has published Restorative Justice Guidance and Minimum Standards.

Home Affairs Committee recommends restorative justice to Independent Police Complaints Commission

Restorative justice presents 'rich avenues' for improving the handling of police complaints, a report of the Home Affairs Select Committee into the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found.

RJC response to the Victims’ Code consultation paper

In this 2013 response, the Restorative Justice Council (RJC) welcomed Getting it Right for Victims and Witnessesand the inclusion of restorative justice in one of the nine principles underpinning the new Victims’ Code.

Ministry of Justice report on Neighbourhood Justice Panels

In 2014 the Ministry of Justice published a report on the use of Neighbourhood Justice Panels (NJPs) in 15 test areas in England and Wales over two years.

International research adds new evidence that restorative justice reduces reoffending

2008-2011 research conducted by the New Zealand Ministry of Justice has found that offenders who take part in restorative justice conferences have lower reoffending rates than comparable offenders who did not take part in conferences.

Restorative Thinking toolkits for restorative practice in schools

Restorative Thinking have launched two toolkits for delivering restorative practice with primary and secondary school pupils.