Context

In Greater Manchester we enjoy a wide range of potential restorative interventions for young offenders/abusers and the victims of their offending. In practice it can range from Victim Awareness work, indirect community reparation, to processes which put the emphasis on the potential face-to­face meeting or dialogue between an offender and those directly affected by their behaviour,

These approaches broadly fall into one of four main areas of work; Restorative Conferencing, Victim Offender Mediation, Family Group Meetings and Referral Orders.

Within Greater Manchester two key projects, AIM Project, Family Group Meetings Project together with the Stockport FGM Project and NSPCC, were instrumental in creating the necessary partnership to make the above a reality this assessment framework is the result of their collaboration and commitment.

Over a number of years we have been cautiously building casework experience to ‘test’ which approaches seem the most suitable and applicable. The AIM RJ Assessment guide has been constantly reviewed over this period and adapted to be inclusive of the 2011 Ministry of Justice Best Practice Guidance for Restorative Justice with regard to ‘Sensitive and Complex’ cases.