Restorative Justice Conference between R and Mr Q
from the case report by Mark Creitzman:
It was at this point, that Mr Q mentioned that he felt that he would like to be able to forgive R by the end of the meeting and that he had a challenge for R to consider.
Mr Q asked R if he was up to a challenge and he nodded ‘Yes’. Mr Q said that if R could prove that he wanted to change the path of his life and made progress in Cookham Wood, that on his exit from the YOI, Mr Q would mentor him and support him through his transition. Mr Q told us that his long-term plan could involve R and himself using the negativity of the offence and turning it in to a ‘power for good’ and delivering sessions to schools, YOIs, colleges or universities.
The emotions in the room had already been very high during the exchanges between Mr Q and R, but after the challenge, it became even more so.
I explained to R, who looked a little overwhelmed, that he could certainly take his time to think about the offer and it was agreed that contact between them would continue, either by letter, through the YOS, or phone calls if both parties were in agreement.
James, from Cookham Wood also added that he would support any helpful or appropriate work in his sessions with R, likewise Richard would use contact sessions for the same reason.
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