Wakefield Council nationally recognised for Restorative Justice

Ref: PR 8393
Date: 9/11/2016

Wakefield Council has been nationally recognised for the restorative services it provides across the district.

The Council is to be awarded with the Restorative Justice Quality Mark at a celebration event on 17 November ahead of International Restorative Justice Week (20 - 27 November).

The national award recognises the Council's commitment to ensuring that work carried out by the Council's Youth Offending Team follows a restorative justice approach.

The Council also works with partner organisations such as the Police, Victim Support and the All Age Liaison and Diversion Service to use a restorative approach when responding to offences committed by adults and ensuring support is provided to victims of crime.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We are delighted that our Restorative Justice Service has received this national recognition.

"The use of restorative intervention can support victims to deal with the effects of an incident and help them to move forward. It also provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offending. Our service has shown high rates of victim satisfaction and offender accountability.

"Volunteers are an integral part of our Restorative Justice Service so please get in touch to find out how you can support the work the team does to make a difference."

Restorative Justice allows victims and offenders to discuss their needs civilly in a meeting facilitated by a trained volunteer, and to agree on the best way of dealing with a crime and putting things right.

The Council's Restorative Justice Service not only works with younger people but is used in all types of interventions across the district, including anti-social behaviour and other low level criminal offences. Other partners involved in this service include schools and colleges, the Police and Victim Support.

Anyone interested in volunteering opportunities with the Restorative Justice Team can call 01924 304155 for more information.

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