The Restorative Justice Team
The Restorative Justice team is made up of an array of dedicated individuals who work diligently focussing on long term sustainable solutions to anti-social behaviour. Working over a number of locations, the RJ team covers key areas such as West Midlands Police Stations, The Pioneer Group and community/voluntary sector organisations
Non Crime/ASB Team
As Project Manager, I have 12 years of experience and working knowledge in criminal justice, my drive for this project is to make a positive difference, through shaping and emedding Restorative Justice at a strategic level, locally and regionally.
My role involves working in partnership with West Midlands Police, key criminal justice agencies and housing associations, to plan and deliver Restorative Justice. The multi agency working approach ensures links with key partners towards supporting victims to cope and recover, both short and long term.
The team promote highly safe practice and the impressive numbers of referrals and conferences is a response to both prevention and intervention, for victim support and reducing re-offending.
Newly recruited RJ Volunteers and RJ Ambassadors currently in progress and to be deployed by 1st October 2019 = 48 across the West Midlands region.
West Midlands Police
Inspector Imran Mirza
Inspector Mirza leads the pan Birmingham partnership team under the portfolio of preventative, problem solving and demand management and has responsibility for.
- Licensing for Birmingham
- Design Out Crime Team for the force (crime prevention)
- Crime and ASB team
- Restorative Justice team.
Inspector Mirza is also leading on some work supporting the West Midland’s Violence Prevention Alliance which has a number of projects some of which can be intrinsically linked to the world of RJ.
In addition to this there is some academic research being conducted around hate crime with Birmingham University with an emphasis on using RJ to resolve hate crime issues as this is about long term problem solving and having positive outcomes which change a person’s perspective and behaviour to influence others.
Inspector Mirza has aspirations to link RJ with all areas of business, there is real opportunity in working with hard to reach groups from different religions, faiths and nationalities, there is also great potential in using RJ in schools and empowering young people. The possibilities are endless and this project hopes to unlock some of the barriers to making RJ accessible for all and truly help victim satisfaction.
All organisations are welcome to submit any suggestions around how we can incorporate your work into RJ such as victim support, referrals to other pathways for instance mentoring and coaching and so on.
Restorative Justice is not just about having a conversation, it’s more than that and together we can really make a difference.
I am Police Sergeant Michele Birch, currently working as the police supervisor on The West Midlands RJ Service. I have been a police officer for over 23 years and have enjoyed a variety of roles within the Police however I must admit to this being my absolute favourite of them all! I initially joined the team as a co-ordinator and so I learnt Restorative Justice conferencing from scratch over 3 years ago and fell in love with the power of RJ within a couple of months being on the team. I have truly never seen any tool that we have within the Criminal Justice system that gives a victim as much satisfaction, or an offender such empathy for their victim. I genuinely know that RJ can change lives and have seen this happen before my eyes on a number of occasions over the years.
I am immensely proud of my team and the partnership that we have with Birmingham Social Housing Partnership means that we can prevent duplication amongst the various services such as Environmental Health, Housing and Police and one organisation can deal with a case on behalf of all three. The partnership goes from strength to strength and we are still developing our service to incorporate other criminal justice agencies in order to improve the service offered to victims of crime and ASB.
I am currently a Police Officer on the Restorative Justice team. I have previously worked on the offender management team who specialise in managing the behaviour of the most prolific offenders in the Birmingham Area of the West Midlands Police Force. I do this role as it empowers victims of crimes, gives them the chance to meet those that have caused harmed and it gives harmers the opportunity to repair harm that they have caused.
I am Anita Wheeler, a Restorative Justice Facilitator with The West Midlands RJ Service.
I joined West Midlands police as a PCSO in 2005, becoming a Police Constable in 2006. I initially became involved with Restorative Justice early in my Policing Career and have used restorative processes throughout my Police service, initially delivering my work on the North area of Birmingham. Since joining this team in summer 2015 the majority of my work is delivered on the North and East areas of Birmingham.
The role of a Restorative Justice Facilitator is extremely rewarding. The conferences bring closure to participants with cases ranging from anti-social behaviour, neighbour disputes and victims of crime. Empowering those affected by incidents and behaviours, enabling them to move forward via achieved mutual outcomes between all involved.
I am Annie Yorke and have worked for the BRJS since October 2016. I am a Restorative Justice Facilitator covering the East side of Birmingham. I have served as a Police Officer for West Midlands Police for over 10 years with the majority of my service on Neighbourhood Policing. I have witnessed first-hand how a simple problem can escalate, resulting in an impossible and apparently unsolvable situation. This can cause a huge amount of stress for all those involved and make people’s lives unbearable.
I trained as a Level 2 RJ facilitator several years ago whilst on Neighbourhood Policing and thrived on helping victims to overcome and ultimately resolve their issues. I utterly believe in the principles of restorative work and the fantastic results that can be achieved. I am passionate about RJ and I feel very privileged to be in a position where I can empower our communities to heal the harm that has been caused and to move forward, living happier and more peaceful lives.
I am PCSO 30250 Dave Mogridge currently on secondment to the Pioneer Group Restorative Justice Team. I volunteered for this role because I strongly believe that Restorative Justice can improve people’s lives.
I have been a police officer for nearly 20 years, and have worked in a number of roles, but mainly across Neighbourhood and offender management. I first became interested in RJ over 10 years ago and initially used it as a tool in schools, but later pushed for it as an option for out of court disposals when community resolutions were first developed.
I saw the benefits it had in conflict resolution, allowing the harmed to have their say and involvement in the outcomes and the harmers to have the opportunity to make things right. It really does work for all involved and allows everyone to move forward, which the Criminal Justice system doesn’t always help with.
I am committed to delivering restorative justice and improving victim satisfaction, through being a dedicated RJ facilitator and also through raising awareness and training others to use RJ effectively. I am excited to have joined such a positive, kind and friendly team that all have the same goal; to help make a difference to the community of the West Midlands.
West Midlands Police have a team of dedicated Restorative Justice trained facilitators who deal with early intervention matters by using Restorative processes to get to the root cause of the problems in order to prevent crime or further crimes from occurring. We also provide an additional service to victims of crime where they prefer not to make use of the traditional criminal justice system but instead resolve their problem or get the answers they need, via Restorative Justice.
Our work has shown that this method can increase victim satisfaction and reduce demand on other police resources and over the last 5 years has become an integral and valued part of policing.
The Remedi Team
The Remedi West Midlands RJ Manager is Michelle Bailey who has set up the service for Remedi. Michelle has extensive experience in the delivery and Supervision of Restorative Justice for all case types and successfully embedding and managing services in this area. Michelle is a trained RJ and Mediation practitioner, with many years of experience of working within prisons as well as substance misuse, self-harm, suicide and violence and managing various teams in previous roles.
Amanda Townsend is the Coordinator for the Remedi team and hold a case laod as well being able to provide additional support to the team and Manager. Amanda has extensive experience of working with vulnerable adults and completed numerous Restorative Justice cases.
Alysha and Jay
Our fantastic admins Alysha and Jay who are based with the WMP RJ Team in Birmingham will pick up your referrals from across the region, through the referral email address and allocate the crime cases to the Remedi practitioners. They are also contacting victims of suitable crime types to offer RJ to them. They play an integral part of the risk assessing and provide our team with relevant information in order to safely progress the cases.
Full Time Practitioners
Remedi have a f/t team of practitioners covering the whole region. The new Remedi team is made up of 12 practitioners trained to work with victims and offenders of all crime types and bringing their own vast experience, skills and knowledge from previous roles and education in criminal justice settings such as victim services, prisons, law, youth gang support, RJ etc. Here is the highly motivated and skilled Remedi Team in the West Midlands.