The R e s t Δ r e Pilot, led by The Green House in collaboration with the North Bristol NHS Trust Be Safe Service and the Bristol City Council Youth Offending Team (YOT) is a multiagency restorative justice pilot project.
The aim of the pilot is to enable children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse and have been harmed by another child or young person to access support to participate in a restorative justice approach, where this is assessed as in their interests and considered safe to do so.
The R e s t Δ r e Pilot combines the resources and expertise of three experienced Bristol based organisations in order to provide a more robust, considered and holistic approach to working with ‘victims’ of sexual abuse / those who have been harmed and those who initiate the abuse. We have chosen to use this latter terminology on the basis that children and young people who are victims of sexual abuse are much more than victims and are likely to have experienced various harmful impacts from the behaviour.
The Green House is a specialist sexual abuse counselling / therapy service, providing free therapy to children, young people, men and women affected by sexual abuse or sexual violence at any point in their lives. With over 30 years’ experience working in this area, the organisation has built up a strong reputation for making a difference to the lives of those who have experienced trauma through delivering professional services with proven outcomes.
The Be Safe Service works with children and young people who have engaged in problematic / harmful sexual behaviour and their parents / carers across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, offering advice, consultation and training to professionals, and direct assessment and intervention services to children, young people and their parents / carers and families. Be Safe is a specialist multi agency partnership commissioned by Community Children’s Health Partnership services and have been working in this area for over 8 years. Be Safe work closely with The Bristol Youth Offending Team (YOT) who make referrals to Be Safe.