Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning Restorative Justice schemes in their force area. The Kent PCC has the aspiration to refresh and re-launch Restorative Justice approaches here, in autumn 2017.
In November 2016 he invited the public and partners to take part in a consultation to help him understand the current Restorative Justice landscape in Kent and look for opportunities to develop and enhance future Restorative Justice provisions.
In the long term it is hoped the scheme will reduce crime rates; evidence shows that offenders who have to face up to their victims are less likely to commit more crimes.
In April 2017, the PCC began inviting potential providers to tender to deliver Restorative Justice services in Kent from October 2017. The new model will:
• Reduce the harm caused to individuals and communities as a result of crime
• Support victims' long term recovery
• Support offenders to understand the effect of their actions
• Restore confidence in the criminal justice system
The tender documentation and full contract specification are available via the Kent Police Bravo e-tendering portal. Potential bidders will need to register their details to view the documentation.
The deadline to bid to tender to deliver Restorative Justice services in Kent from October 2017 is Friday 2 June 2017. Click here for more information.
In the meantime, while a fully consulted and evaluated model is developed, the PCC has commissioned SALUS to continue dealing with Restorative Justice referrals for young people. Referrals for adults are being handled by Kent Mediation Service.
If you've been a victim of crime and you would like to be considered for Restorative Justice, please call Kent Mediation Service on 01622 692843.