The aim of the RJ Values & Standards Committee 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, which calls for good quality and safe RJ services, 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 Committee contributes to recognise the needs of our RJ community to 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 practice guidelines and self-assessment tools for RJ organisations.

RJ Values and Standards Committee

The core team of the  Committee will be composed by 8 participants, including 1 Board member, 1 Staff member and 6 EFRJ members. If needed, the Committee may invite experts outside the EFRJ membership for further consultation. In the following two years, the Committee will continue to work on creating European quality standards for RJ services.

  • In 2019, it will produce practice guidelines based on the manual (published in 2018)
  • In 2020, it will create a self-assessment tool, which is a sort of checklist that organisations may use to evaluate their practices and services.

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 as well as the European Directive 2012/29/EU (Victims’ Directive). This Committee will also cooperate with the Training Committee for the creation of training offers to further develop professional competences and of a European register of RJ trainers and consultants within our membership.

In general this Committee will:

  • come together to 1 day face-to-face meeting each year (first one planned 26 November 2019 in Leuven, date to be confirmed – expenses covered by the EFRJ);
  • commit to regular virtual meetings (Skype) and exchange of emails;
  • be consulted on this topic by EFRJ staff and members.

The 6 EFRJ members will be selected based on their experience, profession, motivation to participate, and country representation (it will be not a first come- first served basis). Committee members contribute to the work of the EFRJ without remuneration (voluntarily), but the EFRJ will cover the expenses to participate in the meeting in Leuven (travel, food, accommodation).

The deadline for applications is 26 August 2019. You will be informed by the second week of September. We invite interested members to send us a short bio (max 100 words) and a short motivation note, specifying own expertise on the topic and potential contribution to this Committee (max 100 words). Please write “RJ Values and Standards Committee” in the subject line of your email.

More info: Please contact the Secretariat, or Secretariat representative: Edit Torzs, EFRJ Director, or Board representative: TBC

Brief history of this Committee

The RJ Values & Standards Committee is born out of a Working Group: originally, this initiative was planned to last 2 years, but finally the Board agreed this is a crucial topic for our field and transformed the temporary Working Group into a long-lasting Committee. The Working Group was chaired by Tim Chapman and composed by:

Berlin, 1 June 2017

1.Belinda Hopkins, director, trainer and consultant of Transforming Conflict (UK)
2.Gian Luigi Lepri, psychologist and coordinator of the RJ city project at Sassari University (Italy)
3.Virginia Domingo de la Fuente, professor and RJ practitioner at the Scientific Society of Restorative Justice (Spain)
4.Diana Ziedina, head of the mediation division of the State Probation Service (Latvia)
5.Monique Anderson, PhD researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium)
6.Claudia Christen-Schneider, Justice Program Manager & RJ Advocate Prison Fellowship Switzerland & Swiss RJ Forum (Switzerland)
7.Patrizia Patrizi, representative of the EFRJ Board
8.Edit Torzs, representative of the EFRJ Secretariat

Below the timeline of this Working Group, until the establishment of the Committee:

  • March 2017: click here to read the call for participants to the Working Group
  • June 2017: first meeting in Berlin (before the AGM)
  • November 2017: second meeting in Leuven
  • December 2017: experts’ workshop in Leuven
  • end 2017: publications of the paper on efficiency and effectiveness of RJ (the main author of this paper is Martine Rietman)
  • June 2018: workshop on Values & Standards for RJ in Tirana
  • November 2018: publication of the EFRJ Values and Standards manual (eds. Tim Chapman and Edit Torzs)
  • December 2018: the Board formally decided to transform this Working Group into a standing Committee
  • July 2019: a new call for participants has been launched