HRH The Princess Royal launches Devon and Cornwall’s restorative justice service
HRH The Princess Royal, patron of the Restorative Justice Council, visited Torquay yesterday to celebrate the launch of the restorative justice service for Devon and Cornwall.
The event brought together staff, volunteers and people who have taken part in restorative justice to discuss its success and the positive outcomes achieved by its approach. The Princess spoke to attendees about the important role of restorative justice in strengthening communities, before unveiling a plaque to celebrate the visit.
Make Amends, local charity Shekinah’s restorative justice service, has been commissioned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver a single service across Devon and Cornwall with the aim of creating a simpler and more accessible referral process.
Dr Davina Cull, service manager for Make Amends, said “We are really pleased to welcome HRH The Princess Royal on a visit to Make Amends. We have been delivering restorative justice since 2014 and know how powerful the experience can be – particularly for those who have caused harm.”
Police and crime commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Alison Hernandez said:
“Restorative justice gives victims the opportunity to communicate their emotions and explain the impact the crime has had on their lives in a safe and supportive environment with the person directly responsible.”
Chris Straker, the Restorative Justice Council’s chief executive, said:
“I’m delighted that HRH The Princess Royal visited Torquay to celebrate the launch of Devon and Cornwall’s restorative justice service. We’re pleased that Makes Amends holds the Restorative Justice Council’s Restorative Service Quality Mark, a badge of quality that guarantees that a service provides safe, high quality restorative practice. This means that people harmed by crime in Devon and Cornwall can be confident they’ll get a safe, effective service that meets their needs.”