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RJC commissions national mapping of restorative services

28 May 2014

The RJC has commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to undertake a mapping exercise of restorative justice providers within the criminal justice sector in England and Wales. This opportunity will enable police and crime commissioners (PCCs) to understand and expand on the existing provision in their areas and will create a directory of services which victims of crime will be able to use to check provision of services in their area.

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MoJ pre-sentence guidance published

20 May 2014

The Ministry of Justice has issued guidance today on the use of pre-sentence restorative justice (RJ). Provision for pre-sentence RJ was brought in by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which allowed for courts to defer sentencing in order for restorative justice to take place where both the offender and victim were willing to participate.

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Restorative Justice Council welcomes new CEO

12 May 2014

 The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) is today welcoming Jon Collins as its new chief executive officer. Commenting on his appointment Jon Collins said:

“I am delighted to be joining the RJC at such an exciting and important time. The RJC can really make a difference, not just in the criminal justice sector, but in schools, children’s services, communities and the numerous settings in which restorative practice is already proving so effective.

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First prison awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark

7 May 2014

The RJC is pleased to announce that two more organisations, HMP Leeds and Luton Youth Offending Service, have been awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM). HMP Leeds is the first prison to achieve the award.

The RSQM is a quality mark which demonstrates that services are delivering good quality, safe and sustainable restorative services. Several organisations from a range of sectors, including criminal justice, education and care, already hold the RSQM after successfully completing the test phase last summer.

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Restorative Justice Council awarded £1 million by the Ministry of Justice

21 March 2014

The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) is to receive funding in 2014-15 of £1 million from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). This funding is part of a significant government investment to ensure victims, services and commissioners have access to high quality restorative justice (RJ). 

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Jon Collins appointed as new CEO of the Restorative Justice Council

4 March 2014

The Restorative Justice Council announces the appointment of Jon Collins, who take up post as chief executive officer in May 2014.

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PCCs to bid for £12m funding to support the victims of serious crime

28 February 2014

Victims are to get access to vital support thanks to a new £12m fund announced by victims’ minister Damian Green on 25 February.

From October 2014, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will be responsible for commissioning further specialist services for victims of the most serious crimes, including domestic violence and sexual violence, and support for the most vulnerable on our society. PCCs are to bid for a share of the fund on top of their yearly budget for 2014/15. The fund is due to open for bids shortly, with PCCs receiving funding as soon as possible.

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RJC publishes guidance for PCCs

4 February 2014

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will take over responsibility for the local commissioning of restorative justice services in October 2014, and the RJC have published guidance materials to assist in this process and help PCCs to deliver high quality restorative practice.

PCC for South Wales, Alun Michael, said: "It has taken far too long for restorative justice to become a central element in our criminal justice society and more widely in British society, but that aspiration is now widely shared and we must seize the opportunity."

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Launched today: the Restorative Service Quality Mark

29 January 2014

The UK’s first ever national standards and quality mark for restorative services are launched today by the Restorative Justice Council. The launch is a big step for the sector, ensuring that service commissioners and users can be confident of effective practice in every setting.

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YJB funding for YOTs

20 January 2014

In response to the announcement of the £2 million Youth Justice Board Grant to youth offending teams (YOTs) for restorative justice training, the Restorative Justice Council (RJC) are offering information and support to YOTs who would like to develop and improve their restorative justice provision.

The RJC provides a number of services including practitioner registration and accreditation, a Trainer Register, the Restorative Service Quality Mark and Continuing Professional Development events. To find out more download the information sheet below.