Restoration Justice Programmes

Justice written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Conservative, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much the Government have spent on restorative justice programmes in 2006-07; and what plans it has for future funding.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The Government have not provided any specific funding for adult restorative programmes in 2006-07. It is for Local Criminal Justice Boards and other criminal justice agencies to consider how best to use their funding to meet their targets and local needs and a number of areas have established schemes to deliver adult restorative justice. The Government's strategy is to encourage, but not require, the use of adult restorative justice while building the evidence base to establish the impact of its use, particularly in relation to re-offending. It has commissioned independent research to evaluate the Crime Reduction Programme Restorative Justice Pilots, which is expected to be completed and published this year and this will inform its future strategy.

Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) use restorative justice as part of their work to prevent offending and increase victim satisfaction. The Youth Justice Board (YJB) has currently set a key performance indicator that

"victims participate in restorative processes in 25 per cent. of relevant disposals referred to the YOT, and 85 per cent. of victims participating are satisfied."

YOTs implement this work from their own resources which, during 2005-06, included YJB grant covering approximately 20 per cent. of YOT resources.

Under the Treasury Invest to Save (Round 6) programme, £1.5 million was allocated to pilots of Family Group Conferences to enhance the overall effectiveness of Youth Inclusion Support Panels. The FGC pilot ceased on 31 March 2007 when the three year funding came to an end.

From April 2007-10, Treasury ISB funding has been allocated to a Restorative Teen Panels project in Preston, Lancashire and a "Restorative Justice in Residential Children's Homes" project in Leicestershire.

The YJB publication, "Developing Restorative Justice—An Action Plan" sets out how restorative justice will be broadened and extended in the youth justice system.

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