The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has commissioned Restore:London to deliver the first ever Pan London Restorative Justice Service, a victim-led approach to the provision of restorative justice across London.
The Pan London Restorative Justice Service will ensure that victims are able to access consistently high quality restorative justice services at every stage of the criminal justice system. Restore:London will develop a programme that complements and enhances existing restorative justice services across London, filling any gaps in provision.
The programme will be overseen and evaluated by a steering group, comprised of key stakeholders including victims. This ground-breaking approach will share evidence and insight with key partners, including Police and Crime Commissioners across England with responsibility for commissioning victims services.
Restore:London is a non-profit consortium led by Catch22 with key partners Restorative Solutions, Khulisa and the IARS International Institute. The consortium partners bring expertise in building and evaluating victim-led services, restorative justice delivery, delivering pan London programmes, offender management and criminal justice innovation.
Our Institute’s role in Restore:London is split into three phases reflecting our expertise and mission as a user-led, evidence based expert in restorative justice: There will be opportunities for members of the public to participate in our research activities and details of how to do so will be published here in the coming months (see the 'Get Involved' section below)
1. Build the evidence base for the service
For example, IARS is responsible for carrying out robust and independent research to design the programme’s delivery model (August 2016 – January 2017). This will include both qualitative and quantitative research with previous and potential restorative justice service users.
2. Ensure the design and delivery of the service are user-led
For example, IARS is responsible for setting up and acting as the secretariat of a User Scrutiny Panel ensuring that Restore: London is user led and responsive to victims’ needs and practitioners’ realities (August 2016 – January 2019). For further information about the User Scrutiny Panel please see below.
3. Evaluation of the service
For example IARS will act as an independent partner evaluating the delivery of the programme’s frontline services (Early 2017 – January 2019). It is envisioned that after an initial design phase, Restore:London will commence service delivery in early 2017. IARS’ independent evaluation work will involve developing frameworks to collect evidence as to how well service delivery is meeting the needs of all users in accessing restorative justice services in London. There will be opportunities for members of the public to participate in our research activities and details of how to do so will be published here in the coming months (see the 'Get Involved' section below).
Our Restore:London project is based around a theory of change model, which we have created to ensure that the project has a positive impact on the service-users.
The theory of change model has been constructed using key building blocks to bring about our long-term goal. It is reviewed regularly throughout the project, and it provides an outline for the connections between the project mission, strategies and actual outcomes, while creating links between who is being served, the strategies or activities that are being implemented and the desired outcomes. This theory of change is depicted as a "pathway of change framework", a graphical representation of our progress:
Now that the first phase of research (Building the Evidence Base for the R:L Service) has been completed, IARS will move into the delivery of the second phase (Evaluation of the R:L Service). This phase of the research will be undertaken by evaluating how well the R:L service is meeting the needs of all users.
Opportunities for members of the public to participate in our research activities and details of how to do so will be published here in the coming months.