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.

News

Justice Select Committee Inquiry

Ray Fishbourne, Chair of Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) Advisory Group and strategic lead for Restorative Justice for Thames Valley Partnership gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee’s Inquiry on Restorative Justice on Tuesday 19th April.

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 restorative justice.  It followed the submission of written evidence provided by 42 stakeholders including TVRJS.  We provided a comprehensive paper which addressed the key questions the committee wished to explore.

To listen and watch Ray’s evidence see this link to Parliament Live TV.

Or click here to find out more about TVRJS.

 

STORIES and JOURNEYS

Reading Museum ExhibitionPlease find time to visit the fantastic, recently launched Stories and Journeys Exhibition at Reading Museum. The exhibition used the skills of professional visual artists and museum curators working with women at the Elizabeth Fry hostel to enable female residents and staff at the hostel to tell their stories through creative activity.

Journeys and StoriesSound artist Linda Mason (recorded some of the women’s stories so that the spoken word was included in the exhibitions, enabling residents’ voices to be truly heard by visitors to the museum. The Exhibition will be open to the public until July 2016.  After this, selected pieces will be on display at the newly refurbished Museum of English Rural Life (MERL).

Quotes from participants:

This is therapeutic and has made me calm and relaxed.

This is the only group I enjoy.

That’s what I call satisfaction!! 

It’s been a perfect day – a marvellous occasion.  (Museum visit)

Find out more about this work here

 

Modelling Change

light womanModelling Change sessions start again on Wednesday 13th April.  Please contact  judy@thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk for a referral form.

Read the latest Criminal Justice Joint Inspection report on Girls in the Criminal Justice System here

The Longford Trust – Partnership pipped at the post!

Longford TrustWell 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.

The power of Restorative Justice highlighted at House of Lords launch

The new Restorative Justice (RJ) Service for victims of crime in Thames Valley was launched at the House of Lords on the 20th October.

The event was hosted by Lord Blair of Boughton, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, in collaboration with Anthony Stansfeld, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley.

The PCC awarded the three year contract for his Victim-Led and Pre-Sentence RJ service to Thames Valley Partnership earlier this year.

Thames Valley Partnership has 15 years’ experience in championing and delivering RJ services in the region and is responsible for Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) who are delivering the service.

Lord Blair, a former Chair of Trustees of Thames Valley Partnership welcomed 50 guests to the launch event where the service was described in a series of presentations, including from victims who had benefited from a pilot service.

Speakers included the PCC, Anthony Stansfeld, who outlined the need for the service and the commissioning process and Ray Fishbourne, the Chair of the TVRJS steering group, who outlined the long history of RJ provision in Thames Valley and TVRJS’s contribution to building an evidence base demonstrating the capacity of RJ to help victims and offenders.

Becci Seaborne, Director of the new service, then went on to explain how the service works and what it will offer to victims of crime.

A recent EU funded project, where victims of very serious crimes had met their offenders, was also described and two victims who had participated shared the positive effects these meetings had had on their lives.

Gerry a victim of childhood sexual abuse who met her abuser in prison said:

“Restorative Justice has not only given me the tools to resolve a lot of pain, but it gave me the key to a functional life.” 

The launch ended with information on the benefits of RJ in reducing the rate of reoffending and how more research is needed on how RJ helps victims in their long-term health and well-being.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“I am delighted to have funded this new service which will offer victim-initiated and pre-sentence RJ to victims of crime in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.  Restorative Justice (RJ) is a powerful tool in helping repair the harm that has been done to those affected by crime.”

“The testimonies yesterday from those that have been through the RJ process were truly impressive. They showed us how empowering and valuable it is to have the opportunity to explain to the offender the impact of the crime and to have their questions answered.

“I wish to thank them for sharing their stories and I know that the service will help many more victims of crime in the future recover from the experience.”

Geoff Emerson, RJ Associate at Thames Valley Partnership said:

“It is the stories from people who have been helped by RJ that convince sceptics and policymakers. Yesterday we heard from two brave people who want others to have the chance to meet those who caused them harm. By doing this they told us they got power back into their lives. I don’t think anyone in the room left unconvinced about the powerful benefits to be gained from RJ”

To find out more about this service, to refer yourself or make a referral, please email rjenquiries@tvrjs.org.uk or visit the website.

Don’t forget to visit the new Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) website!

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