Restorative Practice


The initial decision to become a restorative borough was proposed in December 2010 and accepted at NELSP.

Initial internal partnership funding was contributed by Humberside Probation, £2.5k Safer and Stronger Communities£1k, Integrated Young Peoples services £1k and Youth offending Services £1k followed by £2k with VANEL as the project Bankers

£18.5k was secured from the closure of Community Mediation Service in April 2012 (ring fenced for actual delivery of conflict resolutions in the community) and a further £2k was received from the Police Authority in August 2012.

Resources for project delivery stand at circa £9.5k (with various spends against this such as production of training manuals) with a further circa £600 made from the sale of Manuals to third parties.

Cost of manuals is £5.65 – sale price is £10 (with delivery costs re-couped)

Other costs against this regards professional membership fees £35 for the Restorative Justice Council

Training costs are subsumed into partnership work – training staff in kind for venues and

Internal charges, costs and employment fees are not included in the above – which remains for project delivery.




Dates and ledger entries for Brighton and Hove need to be amended to reflect actual figures but the circa amounts are almost correct.

Roll out

Some organisations have decided to implement restorative practices throughout their organisations, including restorative leadership, management of people and morning circles to engender a community.

Providing a seamless approach to disciplinarianism and behaviour management in education – primary schools, academies and FHE institutions are beginning to adopt the restorative approach. Some have circles, others have bullying strategies that accommodate RP, whilst others are using RP for staff and student conflict issues.

Humberside Probation Trust have established a restorative specifided activity that magistrates can use at the sentencing stage, and this is being written into policy documents that it will be observed in the main.

There are three trainers established in NEL. Having trained a total of 90 people, staff, volunteers, community leads, victim workers, Police Officers, Youth workers and coaches, YOS Panel members.

YOS trainers schooled in IIRP deliver

IIRP Restorative Practices and conferencing.

RPC offers

RJTF Restorative Justice and high sensitivity for victims as trained by the RJTF, Restorative Leadership,

RJTF IIRP Whole organisational change

IIRP Restorative Practices and conferencing

Brief Interventions

Discipline Management

IIRP Circles

RJTF Family Group Conferencing

Conflict Transformation



1.    Steering group established (representatives)

The steering group elected to become an operations group in September 2012 reporting into SSCP

2.    Work stream divided into 4 areas each with plan and implementation speed

    • Justice Agencies
    • Community and Social work
    • Education
    • Leadership Partnerships
    • Practitioner monthly reporting to centre
    • NB Analysis is quantitative

    2.    Media material designed (draft)

    • Media protocol researched
    • Messaging slogan (Real Justice not Soft Justice)
    • Case studies being developed
    • Leaflets (in draft)
    • Video production under discussion
    • Signposting and access to services

    3.    Training

    • Practitioner – Restorative Interventions
    • Leadership
    • Family Group Conferencing
    • Restorative Practice for schools
    • Brief intervention
    • Whole organisation Change

    4.    Funding

    • Initial project funding sourced from partners £7.5k
    • Funding secured from CMS Board £18k (ring-fenced within budget)
    • Bid application to High Sherriff Unsuccessful
    • Bid application to MoJ Unsuccessful
    • Probation seeking NOMs funding – Internal to HPT
    • MoJ Provision to YOS successful – Internal to YOS
    • LankellyChase Bid (awaiting decision)

     5.    Accredited pedagogy and expertise secured

    • Restorative Justice Council Membership
    • Restorative Justice Training Foundation
    • International Institute Restorative Practices
    • Empowering Communities
    • University of Hull Faculty of Law

    6.    Accreditation sourced and secured (by membership and training)

    • Accredited Trainer
    • Use of Restorative Justice Council logo
    • Signatory to RJC Code of Conduct

    7.    Code of Conduct for practitioners written conforming to

    •  National Guidelines
    • Ministry of Justice approved
    • Restorative Justice Council Approved

    8.    Continuous Training and support– fortnightly workshops (active)

    • Continuous trainee support and development
    • Six month refresh
    • Specific / complex case guidance and planning

    2/ Justice

    • Humberside Probation designed ‘specified activity’ for use by Magistrates at sentencing stage (Launch April 1st )
    • Prisons and Victim support to work Restoratively on pre release and post conviction for reintegration to communities – stronger communities
    • Magistrates to be trained in use of specified activity
    • MoJ consultation opens
    • Awaiting guidance on use of RJ for ASB
    • Restorative conditions on Conditional Cautions CPS
    • 3 Police Officer trained
    • 15 Probation officers trained

    3 Community

    • £18.5k secured from CMS for volunteers Restoring disputes and entrenched interpersonal issues in forums etc
    • Social workers to be trained in FGC and practitioner
    • Residential care settings
    • YMCA to begin restorative conferencing
    • Equalities and Diversity officers trained for use is hate crime / conflict transformation
    • Two Volunteers trained
    • 12 YMCA staff trained
    • Integrated Youth manager trained
    • YOS new trainer being mentored
    • Integrated Family Services manager and Senior social workers trained

    4 Education

    • GIFHE to become a Restorative Centre of excellence offering RJ courses towards accredited practitioner status through exam route
    • GIFHE developing internal conflict resolution approach
    • Franklin College to develop whole school approach.(pilot first)
    • Academies becoming More Restorative
    • Primary schools to pilot
    • Course devised for schools
    • Restorative Peer mentoring training
    • Presented to Primary heads 3 times
    • Invited to give 2hr workshop March 31st with a view to further development for head teachers
    • Bespoke training for full team of Educational Psychologists

    5 Leadership/ internal to services

    • Fair Practice throughout NELC
    • Restorative Leadership Course established
    • NELC HR dept to be trained
    • Community forum leadership conflict resolution
    • Dialogues to encourage activists
    • YMCA training package for whole organisation change to restorative practice
    • Integrated Youth Service training package for whole organisation change to restorative practice
    • Integrated Family Service training package for whole organisation change to restorative practice –re Family group Conferencing