SCJP has three spheres of activity. First on behalf of our partners we coordinate restorative justice conferences. This takes place in our local communities and are facilitated by our local volunteer RJ practitioners. The RJ conferences offer victims and perpetrators a safe and controlled environment in which to come together to make amends for past harm and agree a way forward. We also increasingly offer a range of restorative approaches that may not include face to face contact. Second we train and support people from our communities who volunteer as restorative justice practitioners to achieve the best possible outcomes for victims. Finally we promote and raise awareness about RJ throughout Somerset.
For the year 2014-15 in terms of ‘where we are now’ and ‘where we want to be’ three clear priorities have emerged. First is to consolidate our current practices and to do this in line with the requirements of the new national quality mark accredited by the Restorative Justice Council, the RSQM. Second is to develop our capabilities to deliver RJ to every part of the criminal justice system. Third is to explore new projects and initiatives either as an independent organisation or in partnership with others.
These priorities present us and our volunteers with opportunities to explore new and exciting challenges that work towards our ultimate aim of ‘Giving Victims a Voice’
• We established a new office and training facility in Yeovil
• We gained funding from the Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner
• We were pleased to welcome Homes in Sedgemoor to our services
• We held two familiarisation sessions for Housing Officers in the County
• We ran three full three training courses
• We began developing an RJ Community Schools Project
• We will host the first RJ Conference in the country for volunteer RJ facilitators and magistrates in April 2015