The purpose of this document is to provide statutory guidance to ensure that, where restorative justice processes are available, these are delivered in a coherent, consistent, victim-focused manner across Scotland, and are in line with the EU Victims’ Rights Directive1.

1.2 Who is this guidance for?

The guidance is intended for restorative justice practitioners and facilitators, as well as restorative justice service providers, and may be useful for those referring to restorative justice services. It aims to provide both an overview of restorative justice principles and key factors which should be considered by practitioners and facilitators (Part A), and more detailed best practice guidance regarding the provision of restorative justice services (Part B).

This document is not intended as a guide for victims or persons who have harmed, although they may find it informative nonetheless.

1.3 Statutory basis and scope

This guidance is issued in accordance with Section 5 of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014, which enables Scottish Ministers to issue guidance about:

(i) the referral to restorative justice services of a person who is, or appears to be, the victim of an offence;

(ii) the referral to restorative justice services of a person who has committed or is alleged to have committed the offence; and

(iii) the provision of restorative justice services to those persons

The full guidance document can be viewed here.