Restorative Solutions' Innovative Child-to-Parent Violence Programme Has Been Shortlisted For a National Award

The Howard League for Penal Reform has shortlisted Step Up in Cumbria for its Restorative Justice award. The
announcement of the winner will be made on 20th October 2020.

Step Up is an innovative and dynamic programme of support developed byRestorative Solutions to help families who are experiencing child-to-parent violence in the home. The programme embeds enhanced communication skills, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and restorative approaches and aims to build resilience within families; supporting each member to break cycles of abuse and become accountable for their own behaviours by learning and practicing effective communication skills to de-escalate situations.

The initial programme was commissioned by Cumbria OPCC and externally evaluated by the Brathay Trust. Families attended voluntarily referral by statutory services or self-referral. Each programme ran for between 14-21 weeks as weekly 2 hour sessions where families were worked with as a unit, in young people and parent groups or on a one to one as needs dictated. 

Parental rationales for joining the groups included ‘I just want my child back’ and ‘this has to stop now, I need help’. The programme is led by experienced trained Restorative Justice practitioners. Outcomes included families being able to self-support and, where agreed with families, referrals were made to statutory agencies. A similar approach has been taken by the OPCC for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

During the pilot phase in Cumbria, the OPCC conducted their own research into demand on police services and recidivism, the analysis showed a reduction in calls for service from the police: prior to the programme 86% of perpetrators on the programme were involved in police call outs prior to attending the intervention. This compares to 14% post intervention.

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I'm so glad I am working with RJ. I don't know who would listen to me if it wasn’t for you.
A Person Harmed by Crime
RJ is very underrated and I certainly think we should be using it more.
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Very satisfied – it’s been a great service. A worthwhile process for me and I hope for the offenders. Staff have been great and I would like to thank them.
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It was the right thing to do. Both victims told me to let go of what happened. I didn't want to hear it but they both forgave me and said I should move on. I have taken that on and thought about it and I have come to terms with what happened. You've helped me significantly. It's as though my head has been lifted of a gigantic weight.
An Offender
Thanks for your time today. I feel like you understand R so well, I really hope you can help him to learn how to be happy.
Feedback from a family in East Kent
Restorative Justice offers a unique opportunity for victims and survivors to move on from and overcome the trauma that can be left with them after experiencing crime. I am exceedingly proud of the work that the team at Restorative Solutions do in supporting our community. We should always consider the needs of victims of crime and this service exemplifies that sentiment and allows so many to put behind them what can be the worst experience of their lives.
Marc Jones, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

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