Developing restorative justice policies and practice for the Metropolitan Police Service

The University of Gloucestershire is working with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to support the development of a restorative justice policy for violent crime.

Key details

Lead institution
Principal researcher(s)
Dr Jonathan Hobson
Police region
South West
Level of research
Project start date
Date due for completion

Research context

The research team includes: Dr Jonathan Hobson (Project Lead and Associate Professor of Social Sciences); Dr Daniel Ash (Senior Lecturer in Criminology); Dr Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal, (Senior Lecturer in Criminology); Dr Rebecca Banwell-Moore (Research Associate).

They are working in concert with Adam Timberlake and the MPS Prosecutions Criminal Justice Reform Team. The project has three main strands.

  1. To develop a series of films and promotional materials in support of the MPS policy developments around the use of restorative justice.

  2. To conduct a rapid evidence assessment on the use of restorative justice in serious and violent offences, with a particular focus on young people and violence against women and girls.

  3. To engage with practitioner and academic experts in providing a evidence-based policy consultancy and guidance to support the development and delivery of MPS policy on restorative justice.

Research methodology

The three strands to the project include the following.

Series of films

  • National policy and practice leaders, including the Restorative Justice Council, focusing on the nature and benefits of RJ.
  • Senior officers across the MPS on the rollout and benefits of RJ for the service.
  • Serving and former officers that have engaged with restorative justice and the impact this has had for them.
  • Leading practitioner experts on the ways in which RJ can add cannot be used within VAWG.
  • Practitioners and organisations supporting the use of RJ with young people.

Rapid Evidence review

The rapid evidence assessment constructs an evidence synthesis that will provide a basis for policy and decision making. This is represented in the form of an assessment report and through discussion and support from the review team to the MPS policy development team.

Evidence is drawn from:

  • assessment of existing evidence-based practice taken from peer-reviewed and published academic work 

  • consultancy with expert academics in the field

  • assessment of existing practice and practitioner models as deployed in the UK and beyond

  • consultation with sector and programme design experts, including UK regulatory input from the Restorative Justice council, members of the APPG for Restorative Justice

This rapid evidence assessment will focus on two key themes.

  • Violence against women and girls.
  • Youth violence.

Evidence-based policy consultation

The policy consultancy and guidance will support the design of the MPS policy, and includes evidence-based support in the design of a training package for the MPS.

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