Why me? publish report on PCC provision of restorative justice

node leader
28 April 2016

Why me? have today released the results of their research into Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) provision of restorative justice.

The research focused on PCC expenditure and delivery. Why me? looked at what services have been commissioned and how accessible they are to victims, as well as trying to find out how much of the £23 million the Ministry of Justice allocated for PCC delivery of restorative justice over the three years from 2013 had been used.

The picture the report paints is of very mixed availability and delivery across England and Wales. The provision of restorative justice services available varies from little or none in some areas to a widely available service in others. The approaches used also vary significantly, with some PCCs commissioning external providers, some building in-house capacity and others working with other agencies in the local area.

The majority of PCCs offer some information about restorative justice on their website, but most do not go into detail about the type of service offered and how to access it. The research also found that information about performance of the service, caseload and outcomes was very seldom published.

Little information was available about how the £23 million allocation had been split across PCC areas after the first year. There was also no centrally held information available about how the funding had been spent by individual PCCs, and Why me? were only able to access this information if it was made available by the PCCs themselves.

Jon Collins, the RJC’s chief executive, said: “I wholeheartedly agree with the recommendations in this report. Long-term funding for restorative justice provision is an important component of ensuring its availability for all victims.

“I am particularly pleased to see Why me? supporting the RSQM and standards in restorative justice provision. Meeting our standards is essential to guarantee victims and offenders a safe and effective restorative justice process.”

The report, along with an interactive map with a short summary of each PCC area can be found here.