News: Feb 2016

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Three more services achieve the RSQM

25 February 2016

The RJC is pleased to announce that three more services - Trafford Youth Offending Service Restorative Justice Service, Restorative Gloucestershire: Restorative Interventions Service and Nottingham City Youth Offending Team Restorative Justice Service - have been awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM).

The RSQM is a badge of quality that demonstrates that a service provides safe, high quality restorative practice that meets the six Restorative Service Standards. 28 organisations working in criminal justice, care and education have now achieved the award.

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Job opportunity: Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service seeks a restorative justice development manager in Oxfordshire

24 February 2016

Do you want to be part of developing an exciting new project within the Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS)?

Accredited and renowned for high quality restorative justice interventions, TVRJS is seeking a highly motivated manager to provide operational management and development capacity for a new victim-initiated restorative justice service in the Thames Valley.

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New information pack on Restorative justice in custodial settings available now

15 February 2016

In the wake of David Cameron’s speech on prison reform, the Restorative Justice Council (RJC) has published an information pack on restorative justice in custodial settings. The pack is aimed at making high quality restorative justice more widely available.

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Buy now, apply later for RJC accreditation schemes

12 February 2016

The RJC’s Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM), practitioner accreditation and Training Approval Scheme (TAS) recognise and support quality restorative practice. To give organisations the flexibility they need to apply for accreditation, the RJC is offering a buy now, apply later scheme.

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Youth justice review publishes interim report

11 February 2016

Charlie Taylor’s review of the youth justice system, carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, has published an interim report on initial findings. The review is examining what works to prevent youth crime and reoffending, how the youth justice system and services working with children can effectively work together, and whether the current youth justice system is fit for purpose.

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Recruiting now for RJC’s new mentoring scheme

11 February 2016

The RJC is setting up a practitioner mentoring scheme which will provide new practitioners with the opportunity to interact with more experienced practitioners who can provide support and advice outside of the case supervision relationship.

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RJC responds to David Cameron's prison reform speech

8 February 2016

David Cameron has announced major reforms to the prison system. These include more autonomy for prison governors, more transparency around reoffending rates for individual prisons, and a pilot of six new ‘reform prisons’. These changes are designed to reduce reoffending while keeping victims as a key priority of the justice system.

Jon Collins, the Restorative Justice Council’s chief executive officer, said:

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RJC responds to Justice Select Committee inquiry

3 February 2016

The RJC has responded to the Justice Select Committee’s inquiry into restorative justice. As a key partner of the Ministry of Justice for the 2014 Restorative Justice Action Plan, as well as previous action plans, we have provided high-level insight into progress against the action plan.

Following consultation with our members, we have submitted an overarching view of the current state of restorative justice in England and Wales.