Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice works to resolve conflict and repair harm. Restorative Justice gives offenders the chance to understand the impact of what they’ve done and offers them the opportunity to repair the harm caused. It helps offenders to recognise, or formulate, their own value system, take responsibility for their actions and understand the impact of their behaviour on both the victim and the wider community. Ultimately, it gives them a chance to put things right.

Restorative Justice gives victims the chance to tell offenders about the impact
of their crime, to receive answers to their questions and to accept an apology.

Restorative Justice holds offenders to account for what they have done, personally and directly, and helps victims to get on with their lives.

Restorative Justice is being used successfully in the Criminal Justice System, Schools, Workplaces, Care Homes and Health Services.

Restorative Justice's effect on reducing reoffending can be measured in terms of economic benefit. Independent expert analysis* of the economic benefits of restorative justice has revealed that diverting young offenders from community orders to a pre-court restorative justice conferencing scheme would produce a saving to society of £7,050 per offender.

* Matrix Evidence: Economic Analysis of interventions for young offenders
( Nov 2009)

Download the RJC Code of Practice - January 2011