A prestigious award was made to the Durham Restorative Hub at a ceremony in Durham yesterday. The Restorative Service Quality Mark is awarded by the Restorative Justice Council, in recognition of the hard work undertaken by organisations offering a restorative service.
Restorative justice brings victims of crime, and offenders, into contact with each other, so that those affected by a particular incident can find ways to repair the harm and find a positive way forward.
Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg, who funds the Restorative Hub in County Durham and Darlington said “I would like to congratulate Derek Robson and his colleagues at the Hub for this very well-deserved award. Hundreds of victims every year are benefiting from their professional approach, which really helps them to draw a line under a bad experience and get on with the rest of their lives”.
Whilst making the award to the Hub, Chief Constable Mike Barton said “there were concerns at the start that RJ would be too soft on the offender, but under Derek’s wise counsel we are demonstrating that it really helps victims to come to terms with their ordeal, and it is also a tool in reducing reoffending”.
His Honour Judge Christopher Prince, Resident Judge at Durham Crown Court, added “we are reducing the effect on victims of crime through restorative justice”.
Derek Robson, Lead Officer for the Durham Restorative Hub, said: “We were looking to ensure that our practices were viewed as safe and adhering to the standards of excellence which are set out by the RJC. It verifies to our funders and partners that we deliver a competent and professional service. We continue to review all aspects of the service we deliver, so that we can take every opportunity to improve and develop the service”.
Posted on Tuesday 15th January 2019