Restorative Justice

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Eddie McGrady Eddie McGrady Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which restorative justice groups have been approved by the Northern Ireland Office; where those groups are located; and which groups have subsequently fulfilled all the criteria required of them.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

A list of accredited community-based restorative justice schemes is maintained by the Secretary of State and is available on the NIO website. 15 schemes have been accredited under the Protocol for Community-based Restorative Justice (CBRJ) Schemes to date. They are:

East Belfast Alternatives, East Belfast;

Greater Shankill Alternatives, West Belfast;

North Belfast Alternatives, North Belfast;

North Down Alternatives, Bangor;

Northern Ireland Alternatives Central Office, West Belfast;

Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI) Central Office, West Belfast;

CRJI Colin, Belfast;

CRJI Falls, Belfast;

CRJI Greater Andersonstown, Belfast;

CRJI Upper Springfield, Belfast;

CRJI Derry Head Office, Derry;

CRJI Ballymagroarty, Derry;

CRJI Brandywell, Derry;

CRJI Creggan, Derry; and

CRJI Shantallow, Derry.

All of these accredited schemes have fulfilled the stringent requirements of the CBRJ Protocol, as confirmed by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate prior to being considered for accreditation. Schemes' fulfilment of the requirements of the protocol will continue to be monitored through the scrutiny mechanisms described in the published protocol.

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