How does it work?
There is no 'one size fits all'. Each case is unique and restorative justice can be applied in different ways, depending on the situation. Possible restorative responses to a situation include victim-offender mediation, community conferencing and family group conferencing.
What is victim-offender mediation?
Trained restorative justice workers act as a point of contact between the victim and offender to establish whether a meeting is appropriate and if so, how, when and where it should take place. The meeting is held in a safe and controlled environment, allowing both parties to communicate in a worthwhile way.
What are family group conferencing and community conferencing?
Trained restorative justice workers speak to those who are concerned about a particular problem, whether they are members of a family or a whole community. After plenty of preparation, everyone is brought together in a safe and controlled environment where they can work towards an agreed plan of how to resolve the issue. The restorative process is on-going and includes putting this plan into practice and reviewing it.
How is the harm repaired?
Just as each case is different, so are the ways in which people can make amends for their crime and the restorative process places great importance on what you would like to happen. You may feel that you would like to meet the person who harmed you face to face or that you would prefer a letter from them. It is also possible for someone else, such as a friend or restorative justice worker, to represent you and express your views on your behalf.
The restorative hub will allocate a facilitator to your case who can discuss what you would like to happen next whilst also liaising with the person who committed the offence to try and meet a conclusion which is suitable for all.