Sycamore Tree is a volunteer-led victim awareness programme that teaches the principles of restorative justice. It is taught in prisons in groups of up to 20 learners, over a 6-week period. Learners on the programme explore the effects of crime on victims, offenders, and the wider community, and discuss what it would mean to take responsibility for their personal actions.
We recently asked a team at Manchester Metropolitan University to help us explore how Sycamore Tree works to change how learners on the course view their offence and wider impact of their actions.
You can download a summary of their research below.