Restorative Justice: Supporting Victims and Reducing Reoffending
This briefing will consider the latest developments in restorative justice policy, research and good practice.
Restorative justice is gaining traction with a growing evidence-base around improved victim and desistance outcomes, as well as efficiencies.
In October 2017, the Scottish Government published statutory restorative justice guidance to ensure processes are ‘delivered in a coherent, consistent, victim-focused manner across Scotland’.
As the presumption against short sentences is extended and new community justice arrangements in place, attend this timely briefing to examine how restorative processes can best be utilised in the justice system.
Key issues to be addressed
- Update on restorative justice in Scotland - policy priorities, application and provision
- Key principles of restorative justice and guidance for service providers and facilitators
- Assessing risk and appropriateness of a restorative justice process for the participants
- Putting the needs and interests of the victim at the centre of the process
- Essential knowledge, behaviours and skills of a competent restorative justice facilitator
- Embedding appropriate safeguards in policies and procedures
- Ensuring participants are properly prepared for the process
- Post-process - evaluating, monitoring and providing ongoing support
- Good practice in the provision of restorative justice services
09:15 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair
Mary Munro, Former Senior Visiting Fellow at the Law School, University of Strathclyde, and member of the Restorative Justice Forum (Scotland)
10:05 Session 1: Overview of Restorative Justice
10:05 Update On Restorative Justice - Policy, Guidance and Logic Models
Pam Stott, Victims and Witnesses Policy Team, Criminal Justice Division | Scottish Government
Catherine Bisset, Principal Researcher, Justice Analytical Unit | Scottish Government
10:25 Learning from jurisdictions where RJ is more established
- Analysis of recent developments of restorative justice internationally looking at policy frameworks in context
- Challenges and best practices in developing and regulating restorative justice
- Possible lessons for the development of restorative justice in Scotland
Dr Giuseppe Maglione, Lecturer in Criminology, Edinburgh Napier University
10:45 Smart Restorative Justice
- The role of community justice Scotland
- Reframing the justice message – smart justice
- Smart, restorative justice (our message)
- Support going forward
Gemma Fraser, Improvement Lead, Community Justice Scotland
11:05 Questions and Discussion
11:30 Refreshments and Networking
11:50 Session 2: Interactive Workshop - Developing and Delivering Restorative Justice Processes
Led by Trevor Watson, Victim Centred Policy and Campaigns Officer, Why me?
13:00 Lunch and Networking
13:45 Session 3: Good Practice Seminar
A series of inputs of innovative restorative justice approaches will provide learning and insights to take back to your setting.
13:45 Edinburgh's Restorative Justice Service for People Subject to Statutory Supervision
Ciara Webb, Senior Practitioner, Criminal Justice | Restorative Justice, The City of Edinburgh Council
14:10 Establishing best practice and core principles in restorative justice
Tom Halpin, Chief Executive, Sacro
14:35 Questions and Discussion
14:55 Chair's closing remarks
15:00 Close of Event
*Agenda subject to change
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Who should attend
Delegates will be drawn from: police, community justice, criminal justice social work, victim support services, youth justice, community safety, third sector organisations, prison service, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and courts, rehabilitation services.
The event will be of benefit to anyone with a vested interest in restorative justice, and innovative measures to support victims of crime and reducing reoffending.
Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
- Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
- Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
- Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
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