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Restorative Justice

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which police forces have made use of restorative justice interventions for young offenders; and in how many cases. [HL1422]

Restorative justice interventions are used in a number of police forces but statistics on the number of forces and the number of cases are not held centrally.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What funding and measures are in place to promote the use of restorative justice in children's residential homes. [HL1424]

Children's homes are inspected against the National Minimum Standards (NMS) for Children's Homes which require that homes encourage acceptable behaviour and constructive staff response to inappropriate behaviour when it occurs. The NMS require that the consequences of unacceptable behaviour are clear to staff and children and that any measures applied are relevant to the incident and are reasonable. Homes use a range of interventions and responses to ensure that children's behaviour is properly managed. The Government fund the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care in order to promote effective practice in the sector. However, there are no dedicated national sources of funding specifically to promote restorative justice.