Restorative Justice in Prisons and Probation

Restorative Solutions is currently in the process of delivering 100 Restorative Justice Facilitator courses for probation and prison officers as part of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Restorative Justice Capacity Building Initiative. This will result in over 1,000 prison and probation staff being trained over the next two years to run Restorative Justice conferences.

Training consists of a three-day course followed over subsequent months by an additional two days of mentoring support for practitioners handling live cases. The extra two days will focus on working through the issues that facilitators experience in getting started, building confidence and planning further interventions.

We are also providing ‘training for trainers’ so that they can pass on their skills to other staff and in doing so, lay the foundations for a step change in how NOMS help victims and reduce reoffending.

Project partners Thames Valley Partnership are in addition providing practical advice to help prison and trust managers to put in place robust, integrated, sustainable systems to maximise the use and effectiveness of Restorative Justice.

The first phase has started in the North of England with Cumbria, Durham Tees Valley, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Northumbria all taking part.

All prisons and probation trusts have the opportunity to bid to be part of the programme. For further information about restorative justice in prison and probation please contact Restorative Solutions on 01772 842 109 or complete our online enquiry form.