What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice (RJ) emerged in the 1970s as an alternative to traditional justice processes.
“Restorative justice is a process of independent, facilitated contact, which supports constructive dialogue between a victim and a person who has harmed (whether this be an adult, a child, a young person or a representative of a corporate or other body) arising from an offence or alleged offence.”
The key to RJ is that it allows those with a stake in the outcome of a crime related intervention or conflict to communicate in a safe and structured way. This allows people to collaborate on a means to deal with the aftermath of an offence or conflict and its implications for the future.
How CYCJ is supporting Restorative Justice
CYCJ is working with Community Justice Scotland to deliver the Scottish Government’s Restorative Justice Action Plan 2019-2023. CYCJ’s Restorative Justice Coordinator Yvette O’Donnell is currently leading on this, ensuring the rights and needs of children and young people are considered and met throughout this process.
To support the development of the Action Plan and related activity, we have created this space to inform and inspire anyone with an interest in restorative justice. Here you can access case studies, Info Sheets, blogs and more, from Scotland and beyond.
For 2020, we also introduced a new section on restorative justice to ‘A Guide to Youth Justice in Scotland: policy, practice and legislation’, our national practice guidance.
We will add to this as we receive new material. If you would like to share resources or examples of restorative justice in action, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raising awareness of Restorative Justice in a Scottish Context
Findings from a Scotland wide survey to raise people’s awareness and understanding of Restorative Justice have been published. The survey – created by Community Justice Scotland (CJS) and the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) – featured an animation on Restorative Justice (RJ) in a Scottish context.
People were asked to watch this and then comment on whether it helped raise their awareness and understanding of RJ. Find out more. You can access the easy-read report of the findings here. To obtain a full report, please contact email@example.com.
Out now – Restorative Justice Action Plan Annual Report
The Restorative Justice Action Plan Annual Report 2020-21 is now available – download it here. This was written by CYCJ, the Scottish Government and Community Justice Scotland, with feedback from the RJ Stakeholder Group.
Info Sheets and reports