Source: (2004) Papers presented at the Third Conference of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, 'Restorative Justice in Europe: Where are we heading?', Budapest, Hungary, 14-16 October. Downloaded 22 September 2005.

First of all I’ll say a few words about the development of a restorative justice strategy in England and Wales, and three key elements of our approach. I will then look at some of the issues we are grappling with in practical policy making, questions which I hope will have relevance to policy and strategy development in any country. There have been small-scale restorative justice schemes in the UK for many years. But a turning point in the use of RJ was when the UK Government transformed the Youth Justice System in England and Wales after 1996/[with the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act], including building restorative justice into a series of new initiatives for young offenders. Following these reforms to the Youth Justice System, the UK published the first ever Government strategy for restorative justice in England and Wales in July 2003, covering both the adult and the youth criminal justice systems. (excerpt)