National recognition for restorative justice services in Sussex

17/05/2016

A partnership of 27 organisations in Sussex which offers services to victims of crime has won a prestigious national award for their outstanding work.

The Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership (SRJP) won the ‘Communities Award’ at the Restorative Practice UK National Awards ceremony in London for making an outstanding contribution to their communities through restorative practices.

Restorative justice is a voluntary process, facilitated by qualified practitioners, bringing together victim and offender when it is safe to do so, with the aim to repair the harm caused by crime.
Some of the outstanding attributes of the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership include: pioneering a ‘victim-led approach’; the inclusive range of participating agencies within the partnership; an innovative ‘cloud-based’ electronic case management system; and the enthusiasm, commitment of senior leaders, managers, coordinators and volunteers.

John Willett, Strategic Restorative Justice Manager said: “It is a great honour to receive this award on behalf of the partnership, which is evidence of and testament to the collective hard work, commitment and achievements the partnership has delivered since it was created in September 2014. We work tirelessly to deliver restorative services to our communities in Sussex which has made the SRJP a partnership to be admired and receive national recognition.”

Jennifer Daniels from Victim Support said: “Victim Support are proud to be part of the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership and delighted to receive this award. Our team of volunteers who provide the RJ service across Sussex give so generously of their time and commitment to bring victims and offenders together to give victims of crime a voice in the criminal justice system.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony in London with members of the SRJP, and it is with great pleasure to tell you that they won this category against some very impressive competition.

“RJ is a powerful and effective voluntary process which puts the victim in the driving seat and gives them the chance to explain to the offender the impact that their crime has had on them. The focus on victims is a key priority in my Police & Crime Plan and in my new term of office I will continue to improve victim satisfaction and confidence in the criminal justice system.
Ever wondered what a restorative justice conference is all about? Find out by watching the following video at www.safespacesussex.org.uk/RJ

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