National Offender Management Service
The NOMS programme ran from January 2011 and closes in March 2015 to improve the capacity of the prison and probation services to deliver restorative justice - especially post-sentence victim / offender conferences in cases of serious violent and acquisitive crime.
Over 800 staff - including significant numbers from police and voluntary sector - were trained as facilitators; and foundation level awareness training was provided for several hundred more. Some facilitators were provided further support by Restorative Solutions and became trainers, case supervisor, and accredited practitioners.
Restorative Solutions cooperated with the Thames Valley Partnership on some elements of the programme, including management support for prisons and probation areas, with two key outputs being produced:
- A comprehensive guide to establishing an RJ scheme - Wait 'til Eight.
- A guide for prison governors on how to provide a supportive environment for RJ
An evaluation of the programme, by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London, will be available at the end of March 2015.
We can offer a bespoke service comprising strategic advice, management support and training to prisons, Community Rehabilitation Companies, and the National Probation Service based on our experience of running this programme. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.