Is restorative justice used in the UK?
There are various types of RJ processes in operation in the UK. These include: Direct or indirect restorative justice processes: The victim and offender, guided by a facilitator, communicate with one another. However, it is restorative if the process focuses on the harm caused and its resolution.
What is the restorative justice Act?
Its Restorative Justice Act aims to increase the use of RJ and promote public safety by providing resolution that affords healing, reparation and re-integration. The Act provides that RJ programs may be used before or after a person is charged with an offence.
Is restorative justice a law?
Restorative justice views crime as more than breaking the law – it also causes harm to people, relationships, and the community. So a just response must address those harms as well as the wrongdoing.
What is restorative justice in Schools UK?
A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm. Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right.
When was restorative justice introduced in the UK?
It was in the late 1990s when restorative justice started to gain credibility in this country when Sir Charles Pollard, introduced restorative justice as an effective policing tool while he was chief constable of Thames Valley Police.
Is restorative justice suitable for all crimes?
Restorative justice can potentially be used for any type of crime. It can help victims of low level crime and people who have experienced the most serious offences. There are certain offences which can pose particular challenges for the restorative process, for example sexual offences, hate crime and domestic violence.
How have attitudes to restorative justice changed in the UK?
The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) tell us that in just 10 years they have seen attitudes to restorative justice change dramatically in the UK. It is no longer seen as “soft and fluffy” but has become an integrated part of the criminal justice system.
What is Restorative Justice Action Plan?
Restorative justice action plans and progress reports. Restorative justice brings together people harmed by crime or conflict with those responsible for the harm, to find a positive way forward. Restorative justice gives victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, get answers to their questions and get an apology.
What is the restorative justice Ireland network?
The Restorative Justice Ireland Network is an all-Ireland organisation covering RJ practices in both Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland. The organisation is non-political and has wide membership from both countries.
How can restorative justice help survivors of sexual harm?
“As a survivor of sexual harm, restorative justice gave me a voice, empowered me and helped me move on with my life.” Practice Registration Find out how the RJC supports safe, quality restorative practice.