The Restorative Assessment Framework

Who should use this assessment framework?

The framework is designed for the use of experienced restorative practitioners and makes assumptions about levels of skill and competence which would not normally be found in someone without suitable training and case work experience.

The framework is consistent with the approach outlined in the  ‘Best Practice Guidance for Restorative Practitioners’ (CJS/UK Home Office, Dec 2011).Which requires of restorative practitioners in addressingHSB cases that   ‘you must be able to; apply a more thorough initial and ongoing risk assessment that would be required for less complex cases, including a formal risk assessment, and ensuring that any relevant specialist risk assessment tool is applied’ (page 34).


The Assessment Framework is designed to be completed as part of the preparation process with potential participants, including other professionals working with the case. As such it extends and informs the preparation process.

Structure of the framework;

The framework is not intended to be proscriptive in nature; it is to be used as a guide to practitioners in addressing significant issues, which may be significant in cases of sexual assault/abuse.

The Four main sections relate to;

  • Harmer
  • Victim
  • Parent/carer of both harmer  and victim
  • Extended family including non abused siblings of harmer and victim

In addition the framework encourage the restorative practitioner to consider how the restorative process relates to wider professional involvement in cases of HSB.

The current framework is being amended on the basis of recent additional case learning in the use of restorative practices to assist in cases of family reunification. It will then be included with the amended Restorative Practice Guidance available from AIM in  Spring 2020.