Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) was formed on 1 June 2014 as part of the government’s reform of probation services.
Now operated by Working Links in partnership with Innovation Wessex, we are responsible for the management of low and medium-risk offenders who have been sentenced to serve their order in the community.
Avon and Somerset Probation Trust has embarked on a programme to increase the capacity for the delivery of post-sentence restorative justice by recently training a number of staff in becoming RJ Facilitators.
This will enhance the current capacity for RJ delivered currently through a Police RJ facilitator with offenders managed by the IMPACT and general Offender Management teams, and their victims.
The RJ activities in which they are involved are designed to be victim led and victim focussed; where victims have identified their wish to undertake RJ they will seek to enable it. When they identify offenders who may be suitable and willing to take part in a face-to-face conference this only proceeds if the victim is also completely willing, following careful preparation.