The Restorative Justice Council has today announced that Avon and Somerset Restorative Partnership - Bristol RJ service delivered by Neighbourhood Justice Team have achieved the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).
The award demonstrates that services are delivering good quality, safe and sustainable restorative services that meet the six Restorative Service Standards. Only 29 organisations, from sectors that include criminal justice, education and care, have now achieved the RSQM.
Stephanie Todd, Restorative Justice Coordinator for Bristol, said: “We decided to apply for the RSQM so that we could work towards a nationally recognised accreditation, enabling us to prove to victims across Bristol that they can access good quality restorative services. It is vital that restorative justice is practised safely and consistently and the RSQM provides a framework for safe practice.
“We have worked very hard to achieve the RSQM, but it has been a very worthwhile exercise. We were absolutely over the moon to find out we had achieved the RSQM. It felt like all the hard work had paid off and we had recognition from the RJC that our service meets the required standards.”
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.
In being acknowledged with this award, the Bristol RJ Team will receive a 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.
Stephanie continued: “I would highly recommend that services thinking of going for the RSQM, do so. It is a great learning tool to help reflect on how things are done and helps you to see how to implement change within RJ services.”
To find out more about the Restorative Service Quality Mark visit www.rjc.org.uk/restorative-service-quality-mark
Posted on Tuesday 29th March 2016