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Deborah Mitchell will be presenting the relevance of restorative processes at Taking Action Against Hate Crime in Post-Brexit Britain: Protecting Vulnerable Groups and Promoting a Culture of Tolerance and Inclusivity 

Deborah Mitchell was one of four founder members of RJ Working Community Interest Company in 2012.

RJ Working is a not for profit social enterprise working with young people in and out of School to promote, develop and deliver restorative approaches in response to crime and conflict.

These approaches also work to build community by strengthening relationships through safe and supported dialogue. Restorative approaches have a long history globally and in the UK, especially in Northern Ireland.

RJ Working is an active member of the Restorative Justice Council and is proud to have earned the Restorative Service Quality Mark which is potentially available to Schools, and Community-based organisations as well as to those working in the Criminal Justice System.

Before her involvement with RJ Working, Deborah was a Senior Probation Officer in London, Plymouth and Cornwall. She has studied at Oxford and the LSE and will be quoting from the work of academic Dr Mark Walters of Sussex University, author of ‘Hate Crime and Restorative Justice, exploring causes, repairing harms’ (OUP 2014)

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RJ Working – Creating Restorative Approaches to Harm

RJ Working is a Community Interest Company with the aim of strengthening the resilience and flexibility of individuals, families and communities, in response to harmful experiences.   Conflict and crime often cause harm beyond the actual event and leave people struggling with the aftermath.   These kinds of harm affect all parts of our communities, the people affected come from all cultural, ethnic and social economic backgrounds.  RJ Working provides a safe, friendly and neutral service to enable communication between people, and to take steps towards restoring relationships and wellbeing.

Following our achievement of the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) at the beginning of 2017  RJ Working’s Board of Directors decided to prioritise work with young people, in and out of school / college.  We will train and develop young people to work with us in a variety of ways.  These include making use of film and drama.

Harm has a ripple effect – it doesn’t stop on the day it happens, and it doesn’t stop with the person directly harmed.

Responding restoratively also has a ripple effect, enabling recovery and building resilience, strength and a better world for all.

Harm is not confined to crime, and the need for justice is not restricted to the Criminal Justice System.  It is just as keenly felt in families, schools, communities and organisational life.

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All of our Practitioners are either Associate or Accredited Members of the Restorative Justice Council who are the national body ensuring high quality and advocating the widespread use of all forms of restorative justice and restorative practice.


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We want to see Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices become a normal option, for the benefit of individuals, families and communities.


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