Restorative Now is a training and culture-change organisation, focusing upon the implementation of sustainable restorative practice across a variety of settings. We dedicate a specialised skills-training emphasis to the Art of Engagement, thus incentivising the inclusion of all parties. Restorative Now works internationally across Europe, South East Asia and
Australasia, within the criminal justice, education, police, social work, housing and community agency sectors. Recent innovative work has focused upon the application of restorative practice to address young peoples’ harmful sexual behaviour and violent behaviour in the home; the launch of a Restorative Clinic model within the Youth Justice setting, to focus upon the child-parent/significant adult relationship, in every occasion of harmful behaviour; an initial programme of training and implementation of Restorative Practice in Maternity Services within a London Teaching Hospital; and the restorative addressing of historical sexual-abuse issues within religious communities. The driving vision of the organisation is the universal applicability of Restorative Practice, allowing for a move beyond a binary focus on right and wrong doing, to one of the commonality of human need and dignity. Restorative Now has 30 years’ experience in the restorative practice field, with accredited Trainer and Practitioner status with the Restorative Justice Council UK. Contact: Janine Carroll
Established in April 2017, Community Justice Scotland is responsible for promoting world-leading standards of community justice across Scotland. We provide training, support and leadership and identify expertise, promote innovation and drive change. We will change the conversation about justice and prevention of offending. Our aim is for a smarter, more effective justice system and our ambition is to reduce victims of crime, reduce offending and improve the lives of everyone.
Community Justice Scotland (CJS) have been supportive of a stronger position for restorative approaches in the justice system from our inception. We are active members of the Scottish Restorative Justice Forum and the Scottish Restorative Justice Practitioners network. Also, Community Justice Scotland, in partnership with academia and the Scottish Government, have been invited to take part in the international Restorative Justice Strategies For Change Project alongside nine other European countries. This work ties in with the European Forum for Restorative Justice.
We wanted to join the European Forum to make links with our colleagues in Europe and to hear about good practice. We also want to learn about the different approaches to Restorative Justice taken in other European countries. Contact: Gael Cochrane
Why me? are a registered charity fighting for victims of crime to have access to Restorative Justice across England and Wales.
We have our own Restorative Justice service which facilitates meetings between victims and offenders. We also work with victims, offenders, police forces, prisons, probation services and other criminal justice organisations to improve access to Restorative Justice. We are working on a number of campaigns to increase understanding of best practice, and to persuade the UK Government to ensure that Restorative Justice is more widely used. We are also running three projects on the use of Restorative Justice with hate crime, covering different geographical areas and different types of hate crime.
The UK Victims Code says that all victims are entitled to information about Restorative Justice. But only 7.5% of victims with a known offender recall being given this information. That is a problem which we are working to solve, to improve the lives of victims in the UK.
Our motivations for joining the EFRJ are to learn from other Restorative Justice organisations, and to build fruitful Europe-wide partnerships on projects relevant to our mandate.
Contact: Lucy Jaffe, Director at Why me?
Resolve West (formerly Bristol Mediation) was founded in 1987 in direct response to rising social tensions in the city. They became a registered charity in 1991, and sought funding to train mediators and to raise awareness of mediation as a non-violent and highly effective means of resolving conflict without the need for legal action. Their aim was to encourage and enable others to explore ways of coping with, and resolving, conflicts in their own lives and in the life of the community.
Extern transform lives as the leading social justice charity across the island of Ireland. Operating since 1978, we believe another chance can change a life.
Each year they speak up for and support more than 20,000 children, young people, individuals and families. We enable them to overcome their challenges, empower positive change and support family unity.
They also support, house, and advise people who are:
- homeless or facing homelessness
- the Traveller community
- living with an offending past
- living with the impact of suicide
- dealing with mental health
- dealing with drug and alcohol issues
The Children’s and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) is dedicated to supporting improvements in youth justice, contributing to better lives for individuals, families, and communities.
Their vision is a Scotland where all individuals and communities are safe and flourish; and where Scottish youth justice practice, policy, and research are internationally renowned and respected. We contribute to this by developing, supporting, and understanding youth justice practice, policy, and research in Scotland, and through seeking and sharing learning internationally.
CYCJ supports the current Scottish Government Restorative Justice action plan which aims for Restorative Justice to be available across Scotland to all those who wish to access it at a time that is appropriate to the people and case involved. Their specific focus will be on ensuring there is a consistent approach to restorative justice in Scotland for victims of crime whilst supporting the added complexities and vulnerabilities, and upholding the rights of children and young people in conflict with the law. Furthermore, CYCJ looks to promote the use of restorative practices and approaches in communities and education establishments.
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