Restorative charter launched

Youth event to launch restorative city

CharterSouthampton City Council will launch its Restorative Charter on Friday 24 November at its Restorative Practices Conference at Highpoint in Southampton with over one hundred delegates, mainly school children, in attendance.

Launched during Restorative Justice Week, the Charter states Southampton’s commitment to become a Restorative City. This will mean working in partnership to become a child-friendly city where problems are resolved and relationships are built through empathy and understanding.

As the Cabinet Member leading on community safety for Southampton City Council, Councillor Dave Shields, will sign the Charter alongside Michael Lane, Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, and Superintendent Alison Heydari, Hampshire Constabulary District Commander for Southampton, and Keith Making, Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board
The Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, comments: “Restorative practices and approaches can help avoid issues escalating and resulting in harmful outcomes. Engaging young people in the use of restorative practices early on will provide them with the skills to manage conflict in a positive way and help them to build strong and supportive relationships. These skills will be transferable and assist them in the different environments they will encounter as they move through life.”

District Commander for Southampton, Superintendent Alison Heydari said: “I am really pleased to support the police working in partnership to make Southampton a Restorative Practice City. It is important that we consider a variety of ways in which victims receive justice and offenders address their behaviour.
“Finding the right approach to address crime is incredibly important and can help all those involved seek the help they need. It is our collective responsibility to look at innovative ways in which agencies embrace restorative practice in order to keep individuals, families and communities safer.”

Children from a number of schools across the city will lead the day and workshops on Friday. They will be considering what more needs to be done to ensure that Southampton is a child-friendly city where partners can move forward together to create a restorative city.