The Avon and Somerset North East hub, delivered by North East Restorative Approaches (NERAP) and 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 Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire, 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 the North East hub 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 Avon and Somerset Police: Banes and South Gloucestershire hub, delivered by NERAP, for successfully completing the RSQM. By achieving this, they have demonstrated their commitment to providing the highest quality 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.
Charlotte Pritchard, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Avon and Somerset Police: Banes and South Gloucestershire hub, delivered by NERAP, said: “We’re really pleased to have achieved the RSQM. Our service went live in April 2015 so I think achieving the RSQM in this time shows the dedication and passion to restorative justice in the area.
“The partnership working has been paramount to this achievement and I can’t thank those who have supported and work with us enough. I think having now achieved the RSQM it will help engage more service users and partners in restorative justice.
“The support and guidance from the RJC was great, they were always so easy to get hold of and responded quickly to questions.”
In being acknowledged with this award, the North East hub 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
Posted on Thursday 27th October 2016