Connecting and collaborating at RJC AGM 2017
The RJC’s AGM and annual conference took place on Tuesday 21 November in Angel. Over 80 delegates, members and RJC staff came together to connect, collaborate and celebrate achievements in the field of restorative practice.
A video message from Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee highlighted the government’s commitment to making restorative justice more widely available to the victims of crime and upcoming plans to engage with Police and Crime Commissioners.
Attendees heard fascinating presentations from two of our members. Deborah Mitchell shared her organisation’s work with young people on restorative responses to harms against identity and its relevance to hate crime, bullying and mental health. Later in the afternoon, Tim Read updated delegates on the restorative city project in Brighton and Hove, where he coordinates a wide range of agencies to embed restorative practice throughout the city.
The award ceremony celebrated 14 of the 26 organisations that achieved the Restorative Services Quality Mark (RSQM) this year, including schools, youth offending teams and mediation services. The RJC would also like to congratulate the eight organisations that have renewed their RSQM, 23 new Accredited Practitioners and the eight organisations that have had their training services approved through the Training Provider Quality Mark scheme. Find out more about RJC standards and quality here.
After a round of networking, delegates split into groups to discuss topics such as victim access, the future of standards and accreditation and restorative practice in education. One delegate said: “A great opportunity to hear from experienced practitioners and learn from each other.”
Feedback on the day was very positive, with delegates sharing what they gained from the day:
“A very relevant event with a good cross-section of colleagues from around the country. Very welcoming, which was a bonus as it was my first attendance. All speakers knowledgeable, truthful and passionate about making restorative justice a success.”
“It's so useful to meet with colleagues from other areas to hear what they are doing well. This helps with new ideas of how we develop locally. The RJC are central to making sure RJ develops in a safe and effective way.”
The RJC would like to thank everyone who took part in the day and who continue to support our work.