Conflict is a natural part of life, how we deal with it is the problem.
Restorative Justice is a problem-solving approach to crime and conflict. It involves the parties affected by the incident and the wider community.
It is not any particular practice, but a set of principles which may orientate the general practice of any agency or group in relation to crime or behaviour.
In the UK Restorative Justice is best known in the context of the criminal justice system and has proved to be very effective in this arena. However its effectiveness can be positively transferred to behaviour management systems within many settings. The process encourages people to look at the motivation and reasons behind their behaviour and in doing so encourage and empower them to change that behaviour.
- Restorative Approaches in Schools
- Youth Restorative Disposal used by the Police for minor offences
- RJ in residential establishments
- RJ used in housing and neighbourhood disputes
- Formal Restorative Conferencing
- RJ in the Secure Estate
The power of an RJ approach is that it is a process whereby parties, who have been directly affected by an offence or incident, come together to collectively resolve the specific issue. And in doing so deal with the aftermath of the offence or incident and its implications for the future.
KSA have been responsible for training hundreds of practitioners from a vast range of organisations in formal restorative interventions and restorative approaches. Consultancy and evaluation services have also been delivered to organisations wishing to ensure a comprehensive services to their clients.
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Policing and RJ
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: "officers are really grasping how to use restorative justice and more and more victims of crime are realising what a positive impact it can have."
"It is about putting what the victim wants at the heart of how we respond and giving them that voice. I firmly believe that restorative justice is a slow-burning revolution that will ultimately reduce crime and re-offending rates and I'm delighted that so many people in Greater Manchester are seeing the benefits."