Restorative Justice Programme
As part of our drive to tackle anti-social behaviour at its source, the Co-op Secure Response team is working in partnership with Ipswich Magistrates’ Court and Social Services on a one-to-one restorative justice programme. By showing young people the financial and emotional costs of their crimes, often through CCTV footage, or visits to stores to meet those personally affected by them, it aims to inspire lasting change in the participant and set them on a more positive path. While spending the day with our dedicated Anti-Social Behaviour Manager, young people are offered the opportunity to see behind the scenes in our state-of-the-art Alarm Receiving and Monitoring Centre, as well as receiving practical support and guidance to help them achieve their goals, staying on the right side of the law.
- Since completing the programme, Suffolk Constabulary has reported that only one young person who took part went on to reoffend.
- The East of England Co-op has employed two of the young people who took part in the programme in its stores.
“Our restorative justice course has been held in high regard by the courts services and we have given numerous talks across Britain. It is very rewarding to work on a programme that provides value to the participants, as well as to local communities, which benefit from a reduction in anti-social behaviour."
Scott Walker, Anti-Social Behaviour Manager, Co-op Secure Response