News: Oct 2015

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First restorative police and crime commissioner hub to achieve the RSQM

28 October 2015

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire Restorative Justice and Mediation Service has become the first restorative police and crime commissioner hub to achieve the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).

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Restorative justice on the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC Two

22 October 2015

Restorative justice received widespread coverage yesterday when the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC Two featured a powerful interview with Laura, a child sexual abuse survivor who met her abuser in a restorative justice conference.

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Strong support from the judiciary at the RJC's national event

20 October 2015

On Friday 9 October, the RJC hosted a sold-out event for the judiciary on restorative justice. With over 100 attendees, the conference demonstrated the benefits of restorative justice and encouraged the judiciary to increase its use.

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Are you a magistrate? Become a restorative justice champion and spread the word on your bench

19 October 2015

The Restorative Justice Council is looking for magistrates to act as champions and spokespeople for restorative justice.

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RSA report on the future of the Metropolitan Police recommends increased use of restorative justice

15 October 2015

The Restorative Justice Council welcomes the new independent report on the future of the Metropolitan Police, released today by the RSA. The report examines how the work of the Metropolitan Police can be developed over the next five years to meet new challenges and promote public safety.

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RJC response to Sentencing Council guidelines on theft offences

13 October 2015

The Sentencing Council has this week published new guidelines to sentencing theft offences, along with its response to consultation submissions on this topic.

The new guidelines take an important step, marking a distinction between the material value and the emotional value of items stolen from the victims. The assessment of harm to the victim now contains not only financial harm and inconvenience, but emotional distress, fear and loss of confidence caused by the crime, as well as the non-monetary value of the items taken.

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Restorative justice and the judiciary information pack

9 October 2015

The RJC has published an information pack on restorative justice for the judiciary. The pack helps magistrates, crown court judges and court staff to understand restorative justice, the benefits it can bring to all parties involved in a crime and the role that the judiciary can play in the process.