Restorative Justice

NewsRaising awareness of Restorative Justice

To raise awareness of Restorative Justice (RJ) in a Scottish context, the Children and Young People's Centre for Justice (CYCJ) and Community Justice Scotland have created a short animation on behalf of the Scottish Government.

An accompanying survey will measure this animation's impact in raising awareness. Anyone can complete the survey.

By clicking here, you can view the animation before being asked to complete the follow up survey.

The results of this anonymous survey will be compiled into a report to establish if the animation was successful in raising awareness of RJ. This will be published on the Scottish Government RJ stakeholder website, relevant newsletters and annual reports for the stakeholder group.

The survey is part of CYCJ's ongoing work with Community Justice Scotland to deliver the Scottish Government's Restorative Justice Action Plan 2019-2023. Practice Development Advisor Pamela Morrison is leading on this, ensuring the rights and needs of children and young people are considered and met throughout this process.

Please note that it may not be appropriate to complete this survey if you, or someone close to you has recently been involved and/or affected by crime and/or harm. For example, it may be too overwhelming to complete if you, or someone you know is involved in criminal proceedings, or have been in the past. In addition, the impact and trauma of crime and/or harm can be long-lasting and this subject matter may evoke emotions that can be distressing.

It should be noted that this survey is voluntary and you have the option to stop completing it at any stage. Details of further support are included in the survey.

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More info on RJ

Restorative Justice is a term that emerged in the 1970s as an alternative to traditional justice processes. It is a process of independent, facilitated contact between those who have experienced harm and those responsible for that harm. RJ allows those with a stake in the outcome of a crime related intervention or conflict to communicate in a safe and structured way.

Although many Western societies began using restorative justice in the 1970s, it was not recognised in Scotland until the 1990s. Much of the use of restorative justice in Scotland has been for low level offending and for offences committed by children and young people. In the early 2000s restorative justice services were funded by the Scottish Executive to specifically deal with offending by children and young people. 

Read more about Restorative Justice here >
Check out CYCJ's Restorative Justice resource hub here > 
Read Gemma Fraser's (CJS) blog on restorative values here >