Somerset’s Restorative Justice Service, 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: “Putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system has been a priority of mine since day one. We have come a long way since implementing the partnership to deliver restorative justice services across Somerset.
“It’s clear the team have worked hard in giving victims a voice and supporting them through their recovery. I am delighted that their efforts have been formally acknowledged by the Restorative Justice Council with this accreditation.”
The six Restorative Service Standards are based around six themes including leadership, strategy, policies and plans, working together, people, training and support, service delivery and users and monitoring, evaluation and performance improvement.
Claire McFadden, Restorative Justice Coordinator for Somerset, said: “Achieving the RSQM has been a huge combined effort; it is fantastic to know that all the hard work has paid off and we can be proud of our service.
We hope this helps us to raise awareness of restorative justice and encourages more victims to engage, knowing that they can access a safe, quality service in line with national standards”
Jon Collins, the RJC’s Chief Executive, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the staff in the Avon and Somerset Restorative Justice Partnership on their success. This is a fantastic achievement which demonstrates their strong commitment to delivering high standards in safe and effective restorative practice.”
In being acknowledged with this award, the Somerset Restorative Justice Service will receive 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
To find out more about Restorative Justice in Avon and Somerset visit www.lighthousevictimcare.org/restorative-justice-2/
Posted on Wednesday 20th July 2016