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What is Restorative Justice?

“Restorative justice gives victims the chance to meet or communicate with their offender to explain the real impact of the crime – it empowers victims by giving them a voice. It also holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends. Restorative justice often involves a conference, where a victim meets their offender face to face. Sometimes, when a face to face meeting is not the best way forward, the victim and offender will communicate via letters, recorded interviews or video instead.” Restorative Justice Council

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a diversionary process available to all victims under the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victim’s Code) and can be part of Conditional Cautioning. Research has shown it has a positive impact on reducing reoffending.

Types of RJ in England and Wales include:

  • Direct or indirect restorative justice processes (the victim and offender, guided by a facilitator, communicate with one another).
  • Community conferencing (such as to resolve anti-social behaviour).
  • Referral Order panels (young people attend a panel with Youth Offending Team staff and community volunteers to discuss their offending).
  • Mediation (supports people in dispute to work out an agreement).

The Restorative Justice All-Party Parliamentary Group was formed in April 2021 to drive forward cross-party conversations on restorative justice and raise awareness about its principles.

Restorative Justice Week 2020

Restorative Justice | The Crown Prosecution Service – legal guidance on using Restorative Justice Processes in the Criminal Justice System

Restorative Justice Council has information on practice development and training: Training and careers

Useful Links

Restorative Justice Council | Promoting quality restorative practice for everyone

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Victims’ Code – Victim Support

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Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership (WRAP)

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After I was arrested and sectioned, restorative justice offered me a lifeline | Bryony Friars | The Guardian

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Green Paper Evidence Report – Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders

Read the Report

Help and Support

For victims, families and concerned people

Information for Victims on Restorative Justice from Victim Support and Restorative Justice Council.

Access information about RJ in your relevant police area: