GCSS and its predecessor organisation, Glasgow Restorative Justice Service (RJ) has delivered restorative conferencing and processes in Glasgow since 2003. In 2011 GCSS was successful in being awarded lead partner and coordinator status for the Early Effective Intervention (EEI) strategy for Glasgow. A key element of the new EEI framework is the delivery of Restorative Conferencing and Processes.
Restorative processes are used to engage with victim and offender where appropriate. All offender intervention programmes delivered by GCSS are underpinned by Restorative Justice principles. Key components of tackling offending behaviour and victim awareness are delivered in line with a restorative approach.
Case Study: Restorative Programmes
The service has engaged with a number of external partners, such as “The Dams”, “Darnley Park Rangers” and “Castlemilk Park Rangers”, to develop a restorative element to new programmes.
These have involved young offenders contributing in positive ways to their communities and have provided an opportunity for them to make amends for their previous harmful behaviour in their own area.
Both programmes had high level of support from community members and local organisations.