Restorative Justice

RSQM Award

Thames Valley Partnership is a Registered Charity and through its Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) is at the leading edge of Restorative Justice in the UK.

We are a recipient of the Howard League’s prestigious Community Sentence Award (2010) and were one of the first to be awarded the national Restorative Service Quality Mark. We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence and have pioneered the delivery of restorative justice for adults in the criminal justice system since 2000.

Thames Valley Partnership was involved with an EU funded collaboration which explored the implementation of the EU directive (2012/29/EU) establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime and promoted access to RJ for victims.  We piloted the offer of RJ to victims of crime and the two articles below describe our findings.

European Forum Newsletter V16 (Sep 2015)

Restoring the Balance, Participants’ Views – June 2015 (Final Report)

For more information on our RJ programme please visit the dedicated TVRJS website or email  if you have a specific query.




Award for TVRJS and HMP Bullingdon!

HMP Bullingdon was recently presented with an Award by the Chris Donovan Trust for being a Restorative Prison. The Chris Donovan Trust was set up by Ray and Vi, the parents of Chris Donovan who was killed by a gang of young men some years ago. Ray and Vi insisted on meeting the men who killed their son and have since visited prisons and schools talking about their experiences. Read more …

Key Achievements and Highlights





2010: The Partnership is awarded the Howard League’s prestigious Community Sentence Award and are one of the first to be awarded the national Restorative Service Quality Mark.

Spring 2015:  Thames Valley Partnership is awarded a three year contract by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Thames Valley to deliver a new Victim-Led and Pre-Sentence RJ service across the Thames Valley.

October 2015 House of Lords event : The new Victim-Led and Pre-Sentence Restorative Justice  Service is launched at a prestigious event at the Lords., hosted by Lord Blair of Boughton (former Met. Police Commissioner and then Chair of the Partnership) in collaboration with Anthony Stansfeld (PCC for Thames Valley).

Spring 2016,  Justice Select Committee Enquiry :  TVRJS provided written evidence to the Committee and in the April 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 on RJ.  The purpose of the session was to look at the effectiveness of Restorative Justice, the progress made towards the Ministry of Justice’s action plan and obstacles facing the delivery of high quality RJ.

View a copy of the report here  or listen and watch Ray’s evidence see this link to Parliament Live TV.

November 2016: TVRJS hold  their Anniversary  event – celebrating  15 years of working in partnership to deliver Restorative Justice in the Thames Valley.


Publications for Restorative Justice

“Improving Knowledge And Practice of Restorative Justice” – 2012, Kiel University of Applied Sciences

Wait ‘Til Eight” (An Essential Start-Up Guide to NOMS RJ Scheme Implementation) – 2013 prepared by Thames Valley Partnership

Top Ten messages (Lessons learned from the regional launch shows for RJ Capacity Building Initiative) – 2013

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Links for Restorative Justice

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