Thames Valley Partnership
‘protecting victims, supporting offenders and their families’
The Thames Valley Partnership works in partnership with the statutory, private and voluntary sectors to provide long-term sustainable solutions to the problems of crime and social exclusion. We work to protect victims and reintegrate offenders. Our strength is in collaborative working and integrated approaches across sectors, particularly linking Criminal Justice services to voluntary sector and Local Authority providers.
Our broad spectrum of work includes programmes around the needs of families of offenders, work in the field of domestic abuse, support for victims, restorative justice, community cohesion, mental health issues, early interventions & initiatives around young people and arts related projects.
Find out more about the different aspects of Our Work.
On 26th September 2016 Partnership staff were delighted to have the opportunity of celebrating the achievements of the TecSOS programme at a House of Commons event, hosted by programme funders the Vodafone Foundation. TecSOS is used by the majority of UK Police Forces across the UK to support victims of domestic abuse. The awards evening recognised the endeavours of all those whose commitment and sheer hard work has helped transform the lives of those suffering domestic abuse. Recording artist/actress Jamelia Davis who also attended gave a moving personal account of her own experience of domestic abuse.
Government should work towards right to restorative justice for victims of crime – new Justice Committee report recommends
A legislative right for victims of crime to access restorative justice services is a laudable goal which should be worked towards, once existing concerns about capacity have been addressed, says a new report by the Justice Committee published in September.
The Committee recommends that in its consultation on the Victim’s Law the MOJ should seek views on a legislative right to RJ and how it should be enforced. The Committee believes that such a right should come into force only once the Minister has demonstrated to Parliament that the system has sufficient capacity to deliver.
Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) provided written evidence to the Committee and in April of this year Ray Fishbourne, Chair of TVRJS Advisory Group and strategic lead for Restorative Justice for Thames Valley Partnership gave verbal evidence to the Justice Select Committee’s Inquiry. He and TVRJS as part of Thames Valley Partnership are frequently referred to in the report and our views clearly influenced the final recommendations in this report.
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Please read our Newsletter May 2016 which will bring you up to date on what’s been happening at the Partnership this year.
Well done PACT for being chosen as winners of the coveted 2015 Longford Prize! The Partnership sadly missed out on the winning slot but is delighted to have made it to the final shortlist of three – only narrowly missing out. The judges however highly commended the work of the Partnership and were very impressed.
The Longford Prize recognises the contribution of an individual, group or organisation working in the area of penal or social reform in showing outstanding qualities of humanity, courage, persistence, originality and commitment to diversity. It is sponsored by the Daily Telegraph newspaper and organised in association with the Prison Reform Trust.