Restorative justice

What is restorative justice?

Restorative justice is the process of bringing together those harmed by crime or conflict with those responsible for the harm, to find a positive way forward.

In criminal justice, restorative processes give victims the chance to:

  • tell offenders the real impact of their crime
  • get answers to their questions
  • get an apology
Restorative justice holds offenders to account for what they have done. It helps them understand the real impact, take responsibility, and make amends.

What role does the Ministry of Justice play?

We work with the Youth Justice Board, the National Offender Management Service, Police forces and other criminal justice agencies to enable greater victim awareness and to encourage use of restorative justice.

Who do we work with?

Restorative Justice Council - the Restorative Justice Council provides quality assurance and the national voice for the field of restorative practice.

Victim Support - the national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales.

Read the Restorative Justice Action Plan 

Restorative Justice Week 17 and 24 November

The Ministry of Justice is really getting behind Restorative Justice and we are launching a campaign to raise awareness during Restorative Justice Week. We hope the campaign will increase the usage of Restorative Justice and make it more accessible for everyone.

The Ministry of Justice has developed a series of communications materials, to help:

  • inform the general public about Restorative Justice and the benefits it brings

  • share some powerful case studies

  • host local events for Restorative Justice Week and promote them

  • inspire and encourage more people to get involved with Restorative Justice

Download and print:

'Giving Victims a Voice' booklet (online version)

'Giving Victims a Voice' booklet (A3 print version)

‘Giving Victims a Voice’ A3 poster

Restorative Justice journey A3 poster

Your Restorative Justice activity A3 poster

'Giving Victims a Voice' A5 flyer

For your website:

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