Impact of Our Work
The impact of our work has far-reaching positive benefits for all those involved. Here we explore Lincolnshire Restorative Justice Service to show a typical example of just one of our services and the wide range of benefits it offers to people across the whole of one county. We have also included some case studies to show some examples of the positive impact our work has on individual victims.
Lincolnshire Restorative Justice Service
Commissioned by PCC in April 2015 and renewed in April 2017 for a further 2 years. We set up and manage an integrated RJ service in Lincolnshire that includes:
Crime Prevention and Early Intervention
- Facilitating the on-going development of restorative processes within schools, children’s homes, prisons and other organisations across Lincolnshire.
Pre-Court (Out of Court [OOC] Disposals)
- Supporting Lincolnshire Police in the delivery of restorative elements of OOC Disposals, providing training for officers and supporting decision-making in relation to OOC Disposals.
- Supporting Lincolnshire Police and other applicable agencies in the delivery of restorative elements of Community Resolutions and the Community Remedy, providing training and supporting decision-making in relation to these.
- Co-ordinating and facilitating victim-initiated Restorative Conferences and Community Restorative Conferences, where appropriate.
- Co-ordinating and facilitating victim-initiated indirect Restorative Justice, where appropriate.
- Taking part in the multi-agency Out Of Court Disposal scrutiny panel, assisting Lincolnshire Police by advising on decision-making and use of Community Resolutions by police officers.
- Delivering our innovative “Restore” programme for young people who are first or second time shoplifters.
- Co-ordinating and facilitating victim-initiated, direct or indirect RJ, where appropriate, in relation to cases before Magistrates and Crown Courts within Lincolnshire.
- Liaising with out of area restorative services/courts where the victim is resident in Lincolnshire but the case is heard out of area.
- Co-ordinating and facilitating victim-initiated direct or indirect RJ, where appropriate, where offenders are serving custodial sentences in Lincoln Prison or North Sea Camp Prison (Boston).
- Co-ordinating and facilitating victim-initiated direct or indirect RJ, where appropriate, where offenders are serving non-custodial sentences.
- Liaising with out of area restorative services/prisons where the victim is resident in Lincolnshire but the offender serves their custodial or non-custodial sentence out of area.
In September 2016, Restorative Solutions together with Family Action set up the Restorative Service within the Behaviour Outreach Support Service in Lincolnshire. Commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council, Restorative Service provides Restorative Approaches (RA) to all Lincolnshire Schools. The aim of the service is to help to reduce permanent exclusions. Clare Boardman (CB) Manages the Restorative Service within BOSS.
Restorative approaches help pupils, teachers, and practitioners to uncover the unmet needs of the child allowing them to find a solution to the disruptive behaviour and conflict being caused. Whilst encouraging the children to explore what happened, to consider who else has being affected and to become part of the solution.
In the first year (Sept 2016 – July 2017) the Restorative Service worked on 53 cases. In the second year of BOSS (Sept 2017 – July 2018) a selected number of BOSS workers undertook the Restorative Practitioner training, so the service was able to extend their reach to more schools, within this year the Restorative Service worked on 135 cases. The restorative service became an integral part of the BOSS work and was embedded into day to day practice and procedures.
The Restorative Service was awarded the Quality Mark by the Restorative Justice Council in August 2018. The restorative policies, procedures and working practices went through rigorous scrutiny to ensure that they were in line with Restorative Justice Council standards and feedback was gained from schools regarding restorative practice carried out by the service.
In the first 4 months of the third year of BOSS (Sept 2018) the service has carried out and completed: 5restorative conferences, 5 shuttle conferences, 14 restorative conversations, 5 restorative circles, 1 restorative booklet, 2 restorative workshops and the 2nd annual conference.