Blackburn with Darwen - Restorative Justice
Community Restorative Justice (RJ) Panel Volunteer
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Community Restorative Justice panel in Blackburn with Darwen. Volunteers are needed to support local Neighbourhood Policing teams and local agencies in dealing with anti-social behaviour and low level disputes by using RJ principles.
Restorative Justice is a process which seeks to bring all parties involved in an incident together to play a part in repairing the harm caused and find a positive way forward. RJ has proved successful at all levels of the Criminal Justice system, in a wide range of cases from anti-social behaviour to grave and serious crimes.
RJ gives victims a voice, the chance to ask questions and to tell the person who has harmed them how they have been affected. It lets offenders understand the real impact of what they’ve done, to take responsibility and make amends as well as focus on the future and move forward. It can increase victim satisfaction and reduce crime.
Once trained, and with support, a Community RJ Volunteer would be expected to:
- Liaise with the police RJ Coordinator about potential RJ opportunities
- Make arrangement to meet the parties affected by an incident in a safe location to explain the RJ process and gather background information
- Bring the parties together and facilitate an RJ conference
- Complete the required paperwork whilst complying with Data Protection policies
- Attend monthly Panel meetings
- Raise awareness to promote wider use of the Panel and RJ
- Build positive working relationships with other volunteers, policing teams and local authorities and agencies.
- Full driving licence and own transport (mileage can be claimed) or access to public transport
This role requires confidence, flexibility and the means to travel within the Blackburn area. Volunteers should also possess:
- Strong communication skills; to write and speak clearly, not use jargon and listen carefully
- Effective team working; to work with people from a range of diverse backgrounds both as a team and independently
- An empathetic, tolerant and non-judgemental approach; to deal sensitively with individuals who may be upset or angry about their situation.
- Respect for Race and Diversity
This is a challenging but rewarding volunteering role which will directly make a positive difference to the communities involved.
Our RJ volunteers are required to complete 3 full days of comprehensive training to develop the skills required to facilitate RJ conferences. In addition, on-going support and supervision will be provided.
- Location: Blackburn with Darwen
- Hours: Flexible around volunteers availability.
- Essential commitment: 3 full days training / 12 months volunteering commitment
- Minimum Age Requirement: 18
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