Restorative justice service providers across Nottinghamshire are being invited by Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping to tender for delivering an integrated, county-wide expansion of the programme which sees offenders come face to face with their victims.
The Commissioner has frequently spoken out in favour of restorative justice (RJ), pointing to both its cathartic effect on victims and the positive change it can bring about in offenders. He is now seeking to appoint a single provider to provide more effective services in the county, leading to more victims and offenders engaging in the process.
“Restorative justice gives the offender the opportunity of listening to their victim’s point of view and make amends,” Mr Tipping said. “Research shows that this results in them being less likely to re-offend. At the same time – and this is so important – it can provide a means of closure for the victim and enable them to move on.”
He has designated up to £230,000 from his Ministry of Justice Victims’ Services Grant for the successful provider to set up the service in February and March and deliver it until March 2016. Whoever wins the contract will be the single point of contact but work with the other RJ providers in Nottinghamshire, co-ordinating all activity to ensure that victims have easy access to high quality services. Their task will be to achieve a stream-lined, joined-up approach which starts with supporting the victim and continues to do so throughout the whole process.
“The provider will also work closely with other agencies, including those in the criminal justice field and the Nottinghamshire Integrated Victims’ Support Service, to achieve the best outcomes in respect of both the victim and the offender,” the Commissioner explained. “Throughout, there will be continuous measurement of outcomes and performance so that we can assess reductions in re-offending and check out victim satisfaction.
His decision to award the contract to a single provider follows independent research which he commissioned to help him strengthen the use of RJ services across the county, improving support to victims and helping offenders turn their backs on crime.
Contenders for the contract can find details of the tender – made by the East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit on behalf of the Commissioner – by going to: http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/About-Us/Vacancies-and-Tenders/Tenders/Restorative-Justice-Services.aspx.
A bidders’ conference will be held on 27 November 2014 to provide the opportunity to seek clarification about the tender’s requirements.
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Posted on Tuesday 11th November 2014