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Restorative Justice

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative processes bring those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

In criminal justice, restorative processes give victims the chance to meet or communicate with their offenders to explain the real impact of the crime - it empowers victims by giving them a voice. It also holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends. Government research demonstrates that restorative justice provides an 85% victim satisfaction rate, and a 14% reduction in the frequency of reoffending.

Restorative processes are increasingly being used in schools, care homes and the wider community to address conflict, build understanding and strengthen relationships with young people. In these contexts it is also known by the names 'restorative approaches' and 'restorative practices'.

For futher information please follow Restorative Justice link

 

Common types of restorative justice interventions in the youth justice system, which may be
direct (face-to-face) or indirect (without a face-to-face meeting), include:

  • victim-offender mediation: communication between a victim and offender facilitated by a
    trained mediator
  • restorative conferencing: in addition to the primary victim and offender, other people
    connected to the victim and offender (such as family members) also participate
  • family group conferencing: includes members of the wider extended family, with a
    particular onus on the family to provide an acceptable solution
  • youth offender panels: trained community volunteers work alongside a member of the local
    YOT to talk to the young person and their parents/carer, with the participation of the
    victim, to agree on a tailor-made contract aimed at putting things right.

 

Futher information please follow  key elements of effective practice in relation to Restoritive justice link.

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