Birmingham Social Housing Partnership launches Restorative Justice Initiative
Birmingham Social Housing Partnership (BSHP) and The Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands are launching an extension to the Restorative Justice initiative in Birmingham today (Thursday 22 September).
The initiative provides an innovative approach to resolving low level crime and anti-social behaviour. Thanks to additional funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) the project will be formally launched by Judy Foster, Assistant West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner at Weighmans LLP’s Birmingham Office.
Jonathan Driffill, Chair of BSHP and Executive Director of Partnerships, Care and Communities at Longhurst Group said “BSHP offers support for people with a range of needs. We are involved in a number of community initiatives with local agencies and partners, so we’re delighted to get involved and have the opportunity to influence Restorative Justice in Birmingham.”
Jonathan added “Housing Associations work at the coal face, so we’re in a great position to nurture community relations and guide the way our neighbourhoods interact with each other and prevent people from getting dragged into bigger community conflicts.”
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Judy Foster said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a terrible effect on people’s lives but Restorative Justice has a proven track record in rebuilding bridges in broken communities.
“It is an excellent way of empowering victims and helping them achieve closure, while at the same time allowing offenders to see the error of their ways.
“The Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is delighted to fund £183,784 to Birmingham Social Housing Partnership’s RJ scheme. It will change people’s lives for the better.”