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New RJC Practitioner Register microsite - making accreditation more accessible

8 September 2014

The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) today launches its new and improved Practitioner Register microsite, an essential resource for restorative practitioners. The new microsite simplifies the process of joining the register as an Associate Practitioner and then applying for or renewing Accredited Practitioner status, and has been developed in response to consultation with the restorative field. 

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Two more services working with young people have achieved the RSQM

5 September 2014

The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) is pleased to announce that two more services working with young people have achieved the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service Restorative Justice Service and G4S Medway Secure Training Centre Restorative Justice Service both recently completed the application process and now hold the RSQM.

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Liberal Democrats pledge to increase the use of restorative justice and endorse the RSQM

4 September 2014

The Liberal Democrat’s policy paper Doing What Works to Cut Crime has put forward proposals for an increase in the use of restorative justice in England and Wales and has endorsed the RJC’s Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). The paper, published ahead of the Liberal Democrat Party conference in October, describes the RSQM as “’The Standard’ for the sector and a mandatory pre-requisite for commissioning restorative justice services”.

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Stand for election to the RJC board of trustees

13 August 2014

The Restorative Justice Council is inviting members to stand for election to join the RJC board of trustees.

The board of trustees is the RJC's governing body. Trustees play a vital role guiding and enabling the vision and work of your organisation.

Seven RJC trustees are elected directly from the membership. They reflect the broad field of restorative practice and act in the best interests of the RJC to help us meet our charitable aims and fulfil our vision for everyone to have access to restorative practice. 

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Interview with Jon Collins, RJC CEO

18 July 2014

After 50 days in his new role, the RJC’s chief executive officer, Jon Collins, has spoken about his plans for the future of the organisation and its role within the restorative field. Outlining current priorities, he says:

“While there’s quite a lot of support for restorative justice now within the criminal justice context, I think that there’s work to do at the national level in other sectors - for example, in education, in care homes, in other areas where people come into conflict - to make sure that restorative practices can be rolled out across all those areas.”

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New restorative justice film released

14 July 2014

Reparing the Harm is a new film from Why Me? to encourage victims of crime to consider taking part in restorative justice.  The film makes the convincing case that restorative justice can offer great benefits and peace of mind to those affected by a crime.

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IPPR report recommends putting restorative justice at the heart of the criminal justice process

1 July 2014

The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) welcomes the new IPPR report, Everyday Justice, which recommends a radical expansion in the use of restorative justice (RJ) throughout the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The IPPR report recommends that RJ is used as a default option at many points of the criminal justice process. This is something the RJC has campaigned for over many years and has the potential to make a significant difference in our approach to crime.

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Northamptonshire YOS becomes latest organisation to attain RSQM

16 June 2014

Justice Team at Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service has become the latest organisation to attain the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).

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Major report published into the use of restorative justice on sex offences

9 June 2014

The Centre for Innovative Justice, a department within RMIT University in Australia, has published a major report which recommends the use of restorative justice in cases of sexual offending. The report, Innovative justice responses to sexual offending, recommends that "with comprehensive safeguards and a coordinated, properly resourced system - sexual offence restorative justice conferencing has the potential to meet more of the justice needs of those victims who are being failed by the existing system."

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Howard League report recommends increased use of restorative justice by police

28 May 2014

A new report on child arrests from the Howard League for Penal Reform recommends that police forces increase the use of restorative justice (RJ) with child offenders in order to reduce the number of children who are arrested in England and Wales. The report highlights the contribution of police using RJ to the recent reduction in child arrests which have decreased by nearly two thirds (59 per cent) since 2008. The report credits part of this reduction to the use of RJ and recommends that: