Our over-riding aim is to reduce reoffending and protect the public.
The objectives are to increase offenders’ capacity to take responsibility for harm caused, to consider ways of putting the harm right, i.e. to make reparation, and to promote reintegration for everyone affected.
Once sentenced the offenders meet with Restorative Justice Facilitators as part of a structured programme, which consists of twelve sessions, each lasting up to three hours.
The sessions involve: an introduction; being prepared for the Restorative Justice conference with the victim; and the Restorative Justice conference and reviews of progress made by the offender subsequent to any agreements made at an Restorative Justice conference.
A Restorative Justice conference involves the victim and offender meeting together to talk about:
Where the victim does not wish to take part in a face-to-face meeting, other restorative activities take place. These may include the preparation of a letter of apology, or shuttle discussions occurring between offender and victim that do not involve face to face meetings.
Restorative Justice Council is the independent third sector membership body for the field of restorative practice. They provide quality assurance for the public through their work on best practice, standards and accreditation.