Award for TVRJS and HMP Bullingdon!

HMP Bullingdon was recently presented with an Award by the Chris Donovan Trust for being a Restorative Prison. The Chris Donovan Trust was set up by Ray and Vi, the parents of Chris Donovan who was killed by a gang of young men some years ago. Ray and Vi insisted on meeting the men who killed their son and have since visited prisons and schools talking about their experiences. Having visited Bullingdon many times and they were impressed with the new RJ project that is taking shape there. Bullingdon asked Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) to support them with this and so far this has seen 7 prisoners trained to undertake restorative interventions on their wing to try and reduce tensions. Additionally TVRJS has a senior RJ practitioner bringing RJ into the adjudications process. The award recognises the innovative nature of this project at a time when prison numbers, violence, self harm and suicide are on the increase. Staff from both the prison and TVRJS attended the award ceremony where they were all impressed and humbled by other RJ work going on in a variety of settings including primary schools and inner city gangs. Find out more about The Chris Donovan Trust at

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