Delivering and developing further approaches which bring offenders face-to-face with their victims is being led by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and a new not-for-profit provider.
Sue Mountstevens has been looking for an organisation to develop restorative justice across Avon and Somerset, following £652,956 of new funding from the Ministry of Justice.
Restorative justice brings victims and offenders together to tell one another their account of an incident with the aim of putting victims back in control and presenting offenders with the consequences of their actions.
A not-for-profit community interest company called Restorative Solutions has been chosen to lead Sue Mountstevens' vision for victim-led, coordinated and evidence based restorative justice across Avon and Somerset.
Sue Mountstevens said: “I am committed to developing access to restorative justice at every stage of the criminal justice process. I am keen to support any measure that allows the voice of victims to be heard and helps victims to reach closure that cannot be found in sentencing alone. Restorative justice approaches are just one of the ways we can do that.
“Restorative Solutions understand my vision for restorative justice across Avon and Somerset. They also have extensive experience including Neighbourhood Justice and School Justice programmes.
“This is an exciting opportunity for restorative approaches in Avon and Somerset, and will see greater development of approaches and programmes to support victims in their journey to recovery.”
Restorative Solutions Chief Executive Gary Stephenson said: “Restorative Solutions CIC is looking forward to working with the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner on developing a sustainable and scalable service for restorative justice that will meet the needs of victims.
“We share Sue Mountstevens vision of restorative justice being accessible and available for all victims at every stage of the criminal justice system. Our approach will to be work in partnership with local organisations and listen to the needs of the local citizens, building on our previous and current work across the region.”
Restorative Solutions will work with partners including SARI, Community Justice Panels and others to map and evaluate restorative justice across Avon and Somerset. They will identify good practice and any gaps and opportunities for immediate improvement. As well as design the future restorative justice needs for the whole of Avon and Somerset.
Posted on Thursday 8th May 2014