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Mark to help restorative schemes

Feb 04, 2014

from the article on The Star:

Schemes which use restorative justice to bring victims and criminals together can now be judged against a series of a n ational standards and a quality mark.

The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) has introduced the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) which is backed by the Ministry of Justice.

It has been designed to ensure that all those involved in the system can be confident of " effective practice whenever victims and offenders are brought together to address or conflict".

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

To date, eight organisations have secured the RSQM including Wigan Council Restorative Solutions Team.

Graham Doubleday, from the team, said: "There are a lot of services delivering restorative interventions nationally, but whether they are meeting the best needs of the victims, young people and communities is still unclear, and the RSQM is the only true and proper way to actually measure that."

The standards and RSQM were developed in consultation with experts and practitioners in restorative justice.

Jemma Jewkes, head of standards at the Restorative Justice Council, said: "The RSQM is a really exciting development for restorative justice in this country.

"We have known for a long time that restorative justice is incredibly effective when done safely and well, but there have been areas of poor and inconsistent practice. The restorative service standards and the RSQM are aimed at addressing these issues.

"It's essential that victims of crime can feel safe and confident in the service they receive, and the RSQM will go a long way towards ensuring that happens."

Read the full article.

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