Jane Kennedy welcomes funding for restorative justice

Merseyside / November 21

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has welcomed the news that she will receive extra funding to deliver restorative justice for victims.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has welcomed the news that she will receive extra funding to deliver restorative justice for victims.

Justice Minister Damian Green announced this week that at least £29million will be made available to Police and Crime Commissioners and charities to spend over the next three years.

Merseyside will be allocated £94,000 to spend on restorative justice, before the end of the financial year, some of which has been recovered from offenders.

Restorative justice is a process which brings victims and offenders together to share their account of the same incident with the aim of putting victims back in control and presenting offenders with the consequences of their actions.

Jane Kennedy said: “I am delighted that Merseyside will receive further funding to help victims.

“Putting victims at the very heart of the criminal justice system is a priority of mine. Improving their experience in the criminal justice system has to be at the forefront of all our minds and restorative justice is an important way to achieve this.

“It is an area of work already greatly supported and championed by the Merseyside Criminal Justice Board and I welcome the news that further financial support will be available to help promote this work. “

The announcement coincided with the Ministry of Justice Restorative Justice week which aims to help raise awareness of the process and encourage victims to use it where it is a suitable option.

For the remaining months of the current financial year, £5million has been provided by the Ministry of Justice nationally for restorative justice.  Of that £3.85million will be distributed to PCCs.

At a recent event organised by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Jane gave a speech on the importance of victims’ services. Powers currently going through Parliament as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill will see much of the responsibility for victim’s services being transferred from the Ministry of Justice to the PCC for each region.

Jane said: “This wider jurisdiction for PCCs unquestionably provides a real opportunity for improvement and innovation – a chance to give victims a greater profile, a louder voice and ensure the services that are commissioned for them are the services they want and need.

“These changes provide a real moment in time to examine the needs of victims in each region, providing specific, relevant and appropriate services for those who have been affected by crime.”

She added: “It is clear to me that the service and support offered to victims cannot and should not be a ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Victims have diverse and varied needs. Services need to be adapted and attuned to experiences, from those affected by hate crime, domestic violence, victims of sexual offences or violent attacks and much good support comes from Merseyside’s victims’ groups.”

Read the Commissioner’s speech from the national One Year On event.

Visit the Commissioner’s You Tube channel to learn more about the importance of restorative justice.