The aim of the Values & Standards Working Group is to define the values, which should determine the minimum requirements practices in the field of restorative justice. 

As the EFRJ becomes more proactive in promoting public and government support for RJ in general and, more specifically, positive initiatives such as the EU Victims Directive 2012, it is critically important that we can clearly define what we mean by RJ and which values support best practice in an increasing range of contexts. This Working Group contributes to recognise the needs of our RJ community, identify the values and minimum standards for providing quality RJ services in Europe, collect information on the efficiency and effectiveness of RJ, and finally create a European register of RJ trainers and consultants within our membership.

Berlin, 1 June 2017

Brief history of this Working Group

In 2019, the newly established Values & Standards Committee will continue to work on creating European quality standards for RJ services with additional self-assessment tools and training offers to further develop professional competences. This Committee needs to consider how RJ standards and values can possibly be monitored and how implementation can be urged, taking into account the new Council of Europe Recommendation [replacing the CoE Rec No. R(99)] as well as the European Directive 2012/29/EU (Victims’ Directive).

Working Group on Values and Standards for RJ

Chair: Tim Chapman, Chair of the EFRJ Board (UK)
Secretariat representative: Edit Torzs, EFRJ Director
Board representative: Patrizia Patrizi (Italy)

  • Belinda Hopkins, director, trainer and consultant of Transforming Conflict (UK)
  • Gian Luigi Lepri, psychologist and coordinator of the RJ city project at Sassari University (Italy)
  • Virginia Domingo de la Fuente, professor and RJ practitioner at the Scientific Society of Restorative Justice (Spain)
  • Diana Ziedina, head of the mediation division of the State Probation Service (Latvia)
  • Monique Anderson, PhD researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Claudia Christen-Schneider, Justice Program Manager & RJ Advocate Prison Fellowship Switzerland & Swiss RJ Forum (Switzerland)

For more info please contact the Secretariat.