Restorative Justice: Supporting Victims and Reducing Reoffending

This briefing will consider the latest developments in restorative justice policy, research and good practice.

The context

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

10:05 Session 1: Overview of Restorative Justice

10:05 Update on restorative justice - policy and guidance

Zak Tuck, Victims and Witnesses Policy Team Leader, Criminal Justice Division | Scottish Government
Catherine Bisset, Principal Researcher, Justice Analytical Unit | Scottish Government

10:25 Learning from jurisdictions​ where RJ is more established

Dr Giuseppe Maglione, Lecturer in Criminology, Edinburgh Napier University

10:45 Restorative justice in community settings

Gemma Fraser, ‎Improvement Lead, ‎Community Justice Scotland

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Refreshments and Networking

11:50 Session 2: Developing and Delivering Restorative Justice Processes

11:50 Putting the victim at the centre - Assessing risk, appropriateness of a restorative justice process 

12:10 Essential knowledge, behaviours and skills of a competent restorative justice facilitator

12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:35 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.  

13:35 Edinburgh's Restorative Justice Service for People Subject to Statutory Supervision

Ciara Webb, Senior Practitioner, Criminal Justice | Restorative Justice, The City of Edinburgh Council

14:35 Questions and Discussion

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course. 

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)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

14 March 2018


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