Restorative Justice

at post-sentencing level supporting and protecting victims

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Making Justice Systems More Restorative
Identifying and Learning from Best Practice across Europe - Oxford 25./26.04.2012

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Research indicates that the use of RJ can improve the satisfaction of victims, reduce rates of re-offending and provide significant cost savings. Evidence
also suggests that collaboration between agencies and an integrated approach can support effective delivery, improve outcomes for participants and encourage best practice.

This conference is the final event in a process which has included conferences, workshops and study visits in Kiel (February 2011) and Tallinn (September 2011). Within this European co-operation Thames Valley operation Probation is working with the partner agencies and associates listed overleaf.

The Purposes of the collaboration are to:

  • Raise awareness of RJ generally and improve knowledge in the field of RJ.
  • Gain information about application and methods; find out which methods are most suitable in each type of case; and identify effective RJ measures and best practice in partner countries.
  • Improve the implementation of RJ and strengthen co-operation between the judicial system and those involved in the delivery of RJ.

The aim of this conference is to explore how the agencies involved in the Criminal Justice system can produce benefits for victims, offenders and the wider community by working together to deliver restorative justice.
Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from leading authorities involved in RJ, both nationally and internationally.

The event will be of interest to those wishing to gain a closer insight into the benefits of restorative justice practices and more specifically those actively involved in the delivery and promotion of RJ through their professional or voluntary role. These include those leading, or practising RJ, within criminal justice agencies, education, voluntary sector organisations and local authorities.


Programme 25.04.2012

9:00 Arrival, Registration & Coffee

9:30 Welcome and Introduction
Malcolm Fearn, Chair – Thames Valley Probation

1m 15s

9:40 Setting the Context of the Collaboration
Gerry Marshall, Chief Executive - Thames Valley Probation

4m 14s

9:45 Open and Welcome
Crispin Blunt MP , Parliamentary under Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice

18m 08s

10:00 Questions to the Minister

10:15 Working Together to Deliver RJ in the UK - Lessons from Practice

powerpoint_logo Professor Joanna Shapland, (University of Sheffield)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 total: 46m 53s

11:10 COFFEE

11:30 Making Justice Systems More Restorative - A View From The Bench
Lawrence Kershen QC, Chair of the Restorative Justice Council(and former Crown Court Judge)

22m 34s

11:50 Making Justice Systems More Restorative - The Role of the Prosecutor

powerpoint_logo Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames Valley

17m 34s

12:15 RJ Case Studies

13:00 LUNCH

14:00 Opening and Words of Welcome to the Afternoon Session from
Dr. Felix Lehmann, The Ministry of Justice Schleswig-Holstein

4m 40s

14:10 Making Justice Systems More Restorative – Bringing Agencies Together – An Example From Germany
Jo Tein, Managing Director, Schleswig- Holstein Association for Social Responsibility in Criminal Justice; Victim and Offender Treatment

22m 40s

14:35 Making Justice Systems more Restorative – Perspectives from Probation in Europe

powerpoint_logo Leo Tigges, Secretary General of CEP, the European organisation for Probation

Part 1 Part 2 Total: 30m 59s

15:00 Discussion & work in groups to prepare questions for the Panel

15:30 TEA

15:50 Panel discussion introduced and chaired by
Gerry Marshall, Chief Executive - Thames Valley Probation

16:20 Closing Remarks - Gerry Marshall


Workshop Programme 26.04.2012






With the financial support from the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibilty of "Schleswig-Holsteinischer Verband für soziale Strafrechtpflege; Straffälligen- und Opferhilfe e.V" and can in no way be taken to refect the views of the European Commission.