Restorative Justice

What is Restorative Justice?

“Restorative Justice (RJ) is value-led and focuses on the following questions: what has happened and what is it that matters to each of you that needs to be restored? Restorative justice focuses primarily on the specific act of harm that has brought two parties together and the subjective experience, understanding and wishes of each person affected by the harm. In that sense the process is designed to undo an injustice.” (Tim Chapman, 2021)

Read more about RJ.

How CYCJ is supporting Restorative Justice

CYCJ is working with Community Justice Scotland, supported by a diverse stakeholder group, to deliver the Scottish Government’s Restorative Justice Action Plan 2019-2023. CYCJ’s Restorative Justice Coordinators Pamela Morrison and Yvette O’Donnell are currently leading on this, ensuring the rights and needs of children and young people are considered and met throughout this process.

Click here for more updates from the Restorative Justice Stakeholder Group.

Case Studies

Series of Practitioner Case Studies across Scotland

Enabling participation in restorative justice processes and conversations

Restorative Justice Arts: Space2face Shetland

Info Sheets and reports

Exploring awareness of Restorative Justice amongst school children

Restorative Justice in a Scottish Context – Awareness Survey report

CYCJ Info Sheet 64: Restorative Justice: What Scotland can learn from Northern Ireland?

CYCJ Info Sheet 89: Restorative Circles 

CYCJ Info sheet 99: Restorative processes and Children’s Rights

CYCJ Info sheet 106: How can children access Restorative Justice?

CYCJ Info sheet 109: Creating Restorative Communities


Know Your Rights in an RJ Process: A guide for Children and Young People

Restorative Practice in the Good Shepherd Centre

Language is the key to understanding

Restorative Justice – time for action

Nuggets of Wisdom: Children and Young People’s Perspectives on RJ

RJ Key Messages from Children and Young People

Useful Links

Restorative Justice Training Needs Analysis for Scotland  (Centre for Law, Crime & Justice, The Law School, University of Strathclyde, commissioned by Scottish Government)

 Restorative Justice Action Plan Annual Report 2020-2021

Restorative Justice Action Plan Annual Report 2021 – 2022

Restorative Justice Action Plan Annual Report 2022 – 2023

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Children's and Young People's Centre for Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622

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