Our Restorative City
Brighton & Hove committed to becoming ‘a restorative city’ in 2015. This means that people within Brighton & Hove harmed by crime and conflict will be offered, and have access to, opportunities to heal the harm caused safe, secure and effective restorative practice.
Restorative practice places the person harmed at the centre of decision making. It enables this person to be clear about what would help to make amends for wrong doing and harm.
Restorative practice brings those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward. This practice has been used in the criminal justice system and in the community and improves satisfaction rates, reduces repeated harmful behaviour and save money and resources.
There is already extensive good practice in the city and we are working across the Community Safety Partnership to increase the use of restorative practice through the Safe in the City Champions network. The Our Restorative City project steering group agreed a Project Action Plan for 2017-18 in March 2017. The Restorative Practices Development Officer is responsible for the delivery of this Plan and updates it quarterly to report on key progress made.
Download a transcript to the video Reparing the Harm (PDF 24KB).