The organisations that make up the Forest of Dean Community Safety Partnership (CSP) recognise that in order to reduce crime and ensure our communities feel safe we need to work with offenders to ensure that they do not continue to commit crime and work with victims to ensure the effects of crime on them are reduced.
Some of the ways agencies are working to reduce reoffending are detailed below:
Gloucestershire Probation Trust
Unpaid Work is a sentence available to courts. It is intended as a punishment and also as a means by which offenders can make amends to the community for the harm they have caused. The scheme is known as Community Payback .
For more information visit www.glosprobation.org.uk
Restorative Justice has developed significantly over recent years. Restorative Gloucestershire is a partnership organisation working across the county with partners including councils, education, housing providers, police, victim support and others. Restorative Gloucestershire is highly regarded as an exceptional service provider to our communities recently being awarded the nationally recognised Restorative Service Quality Mark.
Restorative Justice is an alternative to formal investigations and allows participants, those harmed and those who have caused the harm, to meet in a structured way and talk about the harm caused and to find agreed ways to repair that harm and move forward positively. There are trained volunteers who can run the conferences providing an independent environment and we will also work with other service providers to seek other support for participants if needed.
Dealing with conflict in a restorative way can provide participants with far more satisfaction than formal processes as the outcomes can be tailored to their individual needs. If you would like to find out more about Restorative Justice or would be interested in becoming a volunteer please visit our website: www.restorativegloucestershire.co.uk
A national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales. Also act as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaign for change and run the Witness Service in every criminal court. http://www.victimsupport.org.uk
Ministry of justice