In criminal justice, restorative practice is widely known as Restorative Justice. Restorative justice gives victims the chance to meet or communicate with their offenders to explain the impact of the crime - it empowers victims by giving them a voice.
It holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them take responsibility and make amends.
The restorative justice process is about victims and offenders communicating within a controlled environment to talk about the harm that has been caused and finding a way to repair the harm.
For any kind of communication to take place, the offender must of admitted to the crime, and both must be willing to participate.
Restorative justice can be used for any type of crime and at any stage of the criminal justice system, including alongside a prison sentence.
We use restorative practice in early interventions to keep young people out of the criminal justice system, this includes restorative practice in schools, care homes and the community, as well as in crime prevention activities.
By supporting challenging young people to deal with conflict in a positive way, this ensures that they are able to avoid the criminal justice system and both improve their life chances while reducing demands on the police.
(RAIS) Restorative Approaches in schools programme provides staff with the skills and knowledge to successfully tackle conflict and behavioural problems. The aim is to avoid situations in which schools are obliged to resort to punitive measures of behavioral management such as exclusion by empowering teachers, parents and pupils to tackle problems at school level.
If you are looking for an alternative to the Punative Justice or Anti-Social Behaviour Systems or would like help in moving on after a trauma, then please get in touch as we would be happy to discuss working with you or your clients.