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Restorative justice informed criminal justice social work and probation services

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    Rights statement: The final version of this paper has been published in Probation Journal, Vol/Issue, Month/Year by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © Steve Kirkwood, Rania Hamad, 2019. It is available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0264550519880595

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Original languageEnglish
JournalProbation Journal
Early online date10 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Oct 2019


Despite the growth of restorative justice research, theory and practice, little work has explored its implications for criminal justice social work and probation services. Our analysis demonstrates a restorative justice ‘lens’ transforms the view of criminal justice social work, enlarging the scope to help people make amends for harm, magnifying the role for victims of crime, refocusing on the meaningfulness of reparative acts, and clarifying the role of communities in reintegration. Our vision of restorative justice informed criminal justice social work and probation services offers a way of shifting practice to help people repair harm, make good and move on with their lives.

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