At the heart of Restorative Bristol is a clear set of values. These values are as follows:
We want to encourage the effective use of Restorative Approaches amongst staff and employees across all sectors.
By providing support, training opportunities and an information hub in the form of the Restorative Bristol website, we hope to support organisations and businesses to integrate a restorative approach into the management of their staff and the way they interact with their customers and clients.
People Harmed Through Conflict
Restorative Bristol will place the victims of crime at the heart of any restorative approach.
Repairing the harm caused by conflict, crime and disorder has a huge impact on the ability of the victim to recover from an often stressful and life changing event. Sadly, the victim is often forgotten in the overriding need to see justice done and the offender punished. Bristol has led the way in offering those harmed a voice.
Although the victim of crime should be at the very forefront of restorative justice, a restorative process can also meet the needs of the offender.
There is firm evidence that an offender is less likely to reoffend if they have been involved in a restorative approach, particularly if that approach has involved the victim of their crime. Avon & Somerset Constabulary (Police), Avon & Somerset Probation Trust (Probation) and the city’s Youth Offending Team (YOT) use a number of restorative approaches to tackle crime and reduce reoffending.
By involving a diverse range of communities in Restorative Bristol, we will be better placed to develop solutions at a community level.
Many minority ethnic communities share the principles of restorative approaches as a key community value. We want to build on this and equip community leaders with more skills and support communities to resolve community issues and tensions through restorative approaches.
Restorative Bristol is embedding restorative approaches in schools, parenting and tackling conflict within the home.
Restorative approaches are well established in some schools because children and young people can change their behaviour through a better understanding of their emotions and the effects their behaviour can have on others. Bristol has recently set up an early intervention scheme in line with the Troubled Families agenda, who will aim to increase the number of restorative approaches involving young people and families.
Restorative Bristol will work to make more training opportunities open to staff, volunteers and parents.
Bristol already has a number of highly trained and dedicated volunteers and paid restorative practitioners across the city. The success of Restorative Bristol will depend on these individuals offering training programmes across the city.
We want to make Bristol the national leader for restorative approaches and become a city that sets the benchmark for their uses.
We want to keep Bristol at the forefront of the implementation and development of innovative forms of restorative approach, building on the excellent systems already in place.