The latest youth justice services to attain the RSQM

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26 January 2016

Southampton Youth Offending Restorative Justice Service and The Restorative Justice Team, Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington Youth Offending Service have become the latest youth justice services to attain the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).

The RSQM demonstrates that services are delivering good quality, safe and sustainable restorative justice that meets the six Restorative Service Standards. The award is currently held by 27 services, working across the criminal justice, education and care sectors.

Chris Sweeting, restorative justice and volunteers team manager at Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington Youth Offending Service, said: “We found the process of achieving the RSQM both challenging and rewarding. Undertaking it has enabled the team to develop its practice and the way we work with both victims, young people, colleagues and partners.

“It felt great to learn that we had achieved the RSQM. It is testament to all of the hard work the team has undertaken in establishing and developing restorative practices across all of the youth offending service’s operations.”

Stuart Webb, youth offending service manager at Southampton Youth Offending Service, said: “We want to be assured that we are working to the best standard possible and we also want the people we work with to have confidence in our approach. The RSQM is important for achieving both of these things.”

To organisations considering applying for the RSQM, he said: “If you are serious about delivering high quality restorative work, you should strongly consider the RSQM. It is a robust endorsement of the quality of your provision.”