Restorative justice brings together victims and offenders of crime to help repair harm caused and find a positive way forward.
Police Support Volunteers play a key role in providing a restorative justice service across Wiltshire. Volunteers can act as Restorative Justice Facilitators and receive training for this specialised work where they provide an independent, non-judgemental, fair approach to resolving conflict.
Many facilitators bring experience with them from other sectors, including mental health and education. This is crucial as the role requires excellent listening skills, patience and experience of working with people from all walks of life and with different needs.
Restorative Justice cases need a lot of preparation time and need to be handled in a sensitive manner. The flexibility of volunteers is important and means that they can visit those taking part in restorative justice at times suited to them ,which can often mean meeting crime victims in the evenings or at weekends.
Volunteers play a key role in providing a restorative justice service across Wiltshire and Swindon.