How does our Restorative Justice Service Work?
Restorative justice services are designed to prioritise the needs of the victim. It can take the form of safe, facilitator-led meetings or communication can be made via letters or videos. Restorative justice only takes place when the offender has admitted to the crime and both parties must be willing to participate in a respectful manner.
Restorative Practice is not a single theory, instead it describes a way of being which threads through everything we do when we’re communicating and resolving difficulties. Restorative approaches support those who work with children and families to focus upon building relationships that create positive change. Creating change sometimes needs people to be challenged as well as supported.
One offender, Lewis, explains his experience of Restorative Justice:
Principles of Restorative Justice
Our restorative practice service adheres to the following Principles of Restorative Justice:
- Restoration – the primary aim of restorative practice is to address and repair harm
- Voluntarism – participation in restorative processes is voluntary and based on informed choice
- Neutrality – restorative processes are fair and unbiased towards participants
- Safety – processes and practice aim to ensure the safety of all participants and create a safe space for the expression of feelings and views about harm that has been caused
- Accessibility – restorative processes are non-discriminatory and available to all those affected by conflict and harm
- Respect – restorative processes are respectful to the dignity of all participants and those affected by the harm caused
Make a Referral
Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) is at the leading edge of Restorative Justice. Our team are highly trained, experienced practitioners working with victims and offenders in prisons and in the community. If you are an agency and would like to make a referral for our services please complete one of the forms below and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help please speak to one of the Restorative Justice team on 01844 487980 or email general on email@example.com.
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