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‘One Year On’ progress report against the 2013 Restorative Justice Action Plan

Nov 20, 2014

from the report by the Ministry of Justice:

2. Raising Awareness

The Government is committed to increasing the use of RJ across the CJS. However, there is currently low awareness of RJ with both the public and criminal justice professionals. We need to have consistent messages related to the purpose and value of RJ, presented in a way that captures the victim’s attention and builds confidence. Information and guidance needs to be shared between the local CJS, community services and networks, including local authorities. These aims are consistent with the Government’s 2012 responses to the Getting it right for victims and witnesses and Effective community sentences consultations....

Progress is as follows:

  • The initial focus has been on ensuring information on and, where appropriate, the offer of RJ is made at the point of the initial referral to victim services. The project team continues to liaise with MoJ colleagues to ensure that provision of information on RJ forms part of the processes being developed by PCCs to refer victims of crime to the services they require. National RJ Manager for Policing is engaging with PCCs directly on this issue.
  • International Restorative Justice Week (16-23 November 2014) will see the launch of the ‘What would you do?’ communications and awareness campaign. The social media campaign centres on a dedicated Facebook page hosting a series of short, YouTube case study videos designed to demonstrate what the RJ process looks like from a victim’s perspective. In addition, there will be a short engaging teaser video intended to spark debate around RJ and raise awareness.

Read the whole report.

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