On Thursday 8th July the APPG kicked off its Inquiry into ‘Restorative Practices in 2021/2022’, holding the first hearing session with Members of Parliament.
The APPG heard from Tony Walker, from Restorative Solutions who invited an ex-service user along to give evidence to the panel. In the second session the panel heard from Dr Jon Hobson (University of Gloucestershire) who held a session with some of the leading academics in the UK & Ireland within the field of restorative justice. This included Dr Rebecca Banwell-Moore (University of Nottingham), Dr Ian Marder (Maynooth University) and Dr Brian Payne (Ulster University.
On Monday 12th July the APPG held its second hearing session. The APPG welcomed Julie Clark, from Calm Mediation and James Tate from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London in the first session. Afterwards the APPG heard from Julia Houlston-Clark, from Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership and Tom Procter-Legg from the Iffley Academy.
Both these sessions were highly informative and will provide great evidence to contribute to the APPG Inquiry report.
The remaining hearing sessions will take place on 15th July, 19th July and 21st July.
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