Restorative Justice: What Can Mediators Learn from the Practice of Other Professionals?

Posted on: 1st, July 2024

In a recent interview for Strathclyde University and Issue 7 of the Mediation Matters! Newsletter, Adrienne Watson met with Dave Pascoe (RJ Practitioner for Restorative Solutions) to discuss Restorative Justice practice and what it might offer mediators who are working with particularly conflicted parties. Roy Poyntz (Mediator and Restorative Solutions Volunteer) also shared his reflections on Dave’s interview.

In ‘Learning from Other Practices: Restorative Justice What can mediators learn from the practice of other professionals?’, Adrienne touches upon RJ and Mediation at Restorative Solutions, RJ Risk Assessments, Risks to Practitioners and Parties, The Impact of Language, and much more.

Read Issue 7 of the Mediation Clinic Newsletter here.

Adrienne Watson trained as an Accredited Mediator in 2016. She recently completed the MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the University of Strathclyde. Adrienne is a lead mediator with Strathclyde Mediation Clinic and is Assistant Editor of the Mediation Matters! Newsletter.

Dave Pascoe was a police officer for 27 years following service in HM Armed Forces. Much of his career was in the Firearms Unit. On transferring to a community policing role in 2007 and undergoing RJ training, he initially considered that RJ was just a soft option for offenders. However, as Dave started using the process and witnessed RJ’s positive impact on the victims of crime and the wider community, he delivered more and more interventions to support both victims and offenders. Following his retirement from the police service in 2019, he joined Restorative Solutions in North Yorkshire where he is now their Service Delivery Manager.

Roy Poyntz has been a mediator since 2006, practising in the fields of commercial, community and Special Education Needs mediation. He completed the Strathclyde MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution in 2012 and a PhD examining mediation as social interaction in 2018. He has volunteered with Restorative Solutions in West and North Yorkshire since 2016.

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The facilitators have been wonderful. I feel stronger than I did. I would really recommend Restorative Justice.

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