Lancashire Police awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark

Written by on 13/02/2018

Lancashire Police has been awarded the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) for its commitment to providing the highest standards in restorative justice.

The RSQM is a badge of quality that guarantees that a service provides safe, high quality restorative practice which meets the six Restorative Service Standards. Lancashire Police joins other RSQM awardees, in sectors ranging from criminal justice, through education and care in delivering high quality restorative processes.

Helena Cryer, Lancashire Police’s restorative justice manager, said: “As an organisation we are really pleased that we have successfully completed the RSQM accreditation. To be recognised at this level for our restorative practice is testament to the hard work of my team and gives us all confidence in the service we deliver. Completing the RSQM is a great opportunity to reflect on your practices and gain recognition.”

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw added: “Restorative justice can have a real impact on both victims and offenders. It can give victims a chance to get answers following a crime and often provide a way to move on with their lives. At the same time, offenders face up to what they have done, understand how their crimes have affected people and have the chance to reform as a result.

“It’s a difficult process to embark upon, which is why this recognition for the restorative justice team in Lancashire is so important. It means the public and victims can have confidence in the quality of the support and service they’ll get here in the county. This award is a credit to the team at Lancashire Police and Lancashire Victim Services who continue to offer the advice and support people need to take this difficult, but often important, step.”

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