To date, restorative justice (RJ) practices have been used, predominantly, in the criminal justice sector.
Konnect Communities is keen to develop its involvement in this arena. Furthermore, and in line with emerging trends in England and Wales, Konnect is exploring the viability of utilising restorative justice methods across a wide range of diverging sectors including housing, education and health (e.g. between clients and health service providers).
Konnect will be piloting this in both the Re-Konnect project and the pre-traineeship course.
These hubs are simultaneously referral points, option bases and intended outcome scenarios.
The referrals into Konnect originate, primarily, from criminal justice agencies, victim care organisations and education providers.
The intended outcome scenarios for clients are education, employment, restorative justice or some combination of the three.
In simple terms:
- The referral comes in from one of the hub contacts
- The Konnect team identify need and recognise preferred outcome
- A tailored pathway is created (that addresses problem, need, options and outcome)
- This is embarked upon with the client in order to achieve the preferred outcome, most often education, employment or participation in some form of restorative justice process.