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Reparation By Offenders

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what methodology is used to (a) monitor the progress made by and (b) measure the outcome for those participating in community restorative justice schemes funded by his Department. (250827)

The Government protocol under which community-based restorative justice schemes are accredited provides that a multi-agency review panel, representative of key criminal justice organisations, will have responsibility for case monitoring, outcome reviews and the overall assessment of the effectiveness of specific interventions for particular categories of offence and offender. Additionally, the protocol provides that accredited schemes will also be subject to inspection by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland who will have access to all records of protocol activity undertaken by schemes to ensure that the prescribed standards are being maintained.