Restorative Practice

Restorative Practice is about bringing those harmed and those responsible for the harm together to see what can be done to repair the harm and find positive ways forward for both parties.

The process can be undertaken by utilising direct or indirect processes. The most impactive is the face-to-face meeting between the party harmed (victim) and the party causing the harm (offender). This is a risk-assessed, facilitated process which essentially brings both parties together to work through the issues against a nationally approved script.

Safe in Tees Valley Restorative Practice encompasses project development and delivery with a view to Restorative Practice being established across a range of organisations. Our work includes

Nationally and locally there is growing recognition of the benefits of Restorative Practice, in terms of victim benefits and satisfaction, and the reduction in re-offending.

Our innovative rehabilitation and recovery approach to Restorative Practice is currently being delivered in Stockton-on-Tees; evidence demonstrates it does make a real difference to reducing re-offending and sustaining recovery for those individuals who have or have had a substance misuse problem. Re-offending rates for those participating in the process is 80% and victim satisfaction is 97%

Safe in Tees Valley Restorative Practice is now developing into two key areas.

  1. Building on the success of the earlier work within the Stockton Integrated Offender Management team, in which RP has been undertaken very successfully with prolific offenders: this approach is now being 'rolled out' across the other three IOM teams in the Cleveland Police area; the work being delivered from the newly launched 'Central IOM Hub, based at HMP Holme House. The funding for this work, over the next two years has been funded via the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  2. Working within the Safer Stockton Partnership, developing / delivering, with partners, a RP programme focusing upon low level crime and anti-social behaviour

Contact brian.neale@safeinteesvalley.org or call Brian on 01642 664440.

Brian is an accredited Restorative Practice facilitator. He has attended a Training for Trainers course which has allowed him to train potential Restorative Practice facilitators, and he also possesses the Level 4 professional award in Restorative Practice.

 

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