Blog contributed by Petrina Mullen, Policy & Strategic Partnerships Officer, Surrey County Council
What is Transforming Justice?
Transforming Justice is one strand of Surrey’s Working Together programme. It is a planned new approach to dealing with offending behaviour to reduce offending and increase satisfaction for victims and witnesses of crime.
Transforming Justice is directed upon the philosophy of ‘putting people first’ in recognition that system and process often come before the needs of those who go through our justice system.
Surrey already has a track record of transforming the justice system with the successful Youth Restorative Intervention work which reduced youth crime by 50% and saved £1.35m.
What are the intended outcomes?
- A reduction in crime and reduced costs of the criminal justice system
- A better experience for victims and witnesses
- There will also be wider social benefits attached to a holistic multi-agency approach to offending
There are many partnering agencies involved in the approach to Transforming Justice.
We have held two partnership events to bring agencies together to explore and identify where we could do better in the criminal justice system in Surrey.
The most recent event (facilitated by the Public Service Transformation Network) looked at certain points in the system where we could have the biggest impact, and discussed what we could do differently at those points.
There were representatives from a large number of agencies including Surrey Police, Surrey Criminal Justice Partnership Board, Crown Prosecution Service, National Probation Service, Women’s Centres, Domestic Abuse Outreach and NHS England.
The four key intervention stages in the justice system that have been identified are:
- Reported offending
A holistic and multi-agency approach to informed decision making at each of these points will mean that more offences can be resolved in less time with better outcomes for everyone involved.
It is intended that some of the interventions will be piloted in 2016 with specific target groups. We will continue to share updates via Shift as Transforming Justice progresses!