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Implications of growth: challenges for restorative justice


Author(s)Shapland, Joanna
Title Implications of growth: challenges for restorative justice
Source International Review of Victimology, published online 10 November 2013, pp 1-17
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Summary This article examines current restorative justice practice and its theoretical viewpoints and considers what developments are needed. Restorative justice is becoming more prevalent and more linked to criminal justice. The growth of restorative justice has also seen it used for more and more serious offences and with adult offenders. The Action Plan in England and Wales has identified four areas of improvement in restorative justice practices. These action areas are improving access to restorative justice for victims and offenders; making the community aware of restorative justice as an option; having more skilled facilitators; and building  the evidence of best practice. The author suggests that the new developments in restorative justice provide an opportunity to cement a common core of values and ethics for restorative justice and to develop the values to relate to emerging situations such as changing power relations between offender and victim.
Keywords Restorative justice; theoretical challenges; values; ethics; power balance; facilitators
Topic Restorative justice