Somerset Community Justice Partnership, funded by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, has been awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) by the Restorative Justice Council (RJC).
The partnership, who deliver the provision of restorative justice across Somerset, have been given the award to acknowledge the delivery of good quality, safe and sustainable restorative services that meet the six Restorative Service Standards.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I'd like to congratulate Somerset Community Justice Partnership for being formally acknowledged by the Restorative Justice Council with this accreditation. Putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system has been a priority of mine since day one. It’s clear the team have worked hard in giving victims a voice and supporting them through their recovery.”
Jon Collins, the RJC’s chief executive, said: “I would like to congratulate Somerset Community Justice Partnership on being awarded the RSQM. This achievement represents the commitment of all of its staff and volunteers to ensuring the highest standards in safe and effective restorative practice.”
The RSQM is a badge of quality that demonstrates that a service provides safe, high quality restorative practice which meets the six Restorative Service Standards. These organisations join other RSQM awardees – in sectors ranging from criminal justice through education to care – who are guaranteed to deliver high quality restorative processes.
Beverley Higgs, Somerset Community Justice Partnership, said: “Achieving the RSQM is very exciting for us and our volunteers. It’s a true recognition of all the hard work, dedication and commitment they put in to providing a quality service for our partners and participants. It feels amazing!
“We wanted to be sure that the people who come into contact with us, whether as partners, volunteers or participants, know that we take the quality of their experience working with us seriously. It’s challenging and hard work, but has so many benefits. We came closer together as a team because of it.”
In being acknowledged with this award, the Somerset Community Justice Partnership will recieve an RSQM trophy and certificate and will be able to use the official logo to demonstrate their achievement. Once awarded the RSQM is valid for three years.
To find out more about the Restorative Service Quality Mark visit www.rjc.org.uk/restorative-service-quality-mark
Posted on Monday 15th August 2016