AF&RS highlight Restorative Justice Week

Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s Risk Reduction team are set to highlight the services available to vulnerable adults and children as part of Restorative Justice Week (18-25).

The team from AF&RS will take part in a day of awareness at Bristol’s Cabot Circus tomorrow (19/11) to ensure that all communities across the region have advocates and champions.

These champions will be able to highlight the benefits of engaging with restorative interventions and encourage individuals to support others within their community.

It is hoped the day at Cabot will help to build connections and networks between organisations and individuals who work across the spectrum of restorative justice and intervention.

As a service, AF&RS recognises and values the diversity of work on this issue and also recognises the common principles which underpin restorative work.

Darren Clasper, Risk Reduction Watch Manager for AF&RS, said: “The buzz in Bristol around restorative approaches is building.

“It has been a privilege to sit on the Restorative Bristol Board over the last year and see the leadership, expertise and drive of the partners resulting in new projects, clear standards for participating organisations, development of a website and roll-out of training.

“What we need now is more signposting of victims in to restorative approaches, more pathways to recovery that build in restorative interventions as an offer and more evidence that people are accessing and benefiting from restorative interventions.

“This is the direction partners in Bristol are headed in.”

Restorative Bristol has a vision of a city where individuals, agencies and services see restorative approaches as the first option for dealing with conflict.

The group, made up of Bristol City Council, Avon and Somerset Police, SARAID and more, has been set up to continue to ‘promote and support all sectors, communities and the public to embrace a restorative culture where our response to dealing with initial conflict, wrongdoing or harm, puts the wishes and needs of the person (s) harmed (victim) at the heart of any restorative approach, community resolution or restorative justice activity’.

For more on Restorative Bristol, visit http://restorativebristol.co.uk/