The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) is one of the partners of the Erasmus+ project “PROTECT - Exchanging good practices on restorative justice and promoting the victims’ rights protection” (September 2020 – August 2023).
The project aims at improving the skills and competences of the trainers/operators of the partners’ organizations working in the field of the restorative justice and of the support to the victims of crime.
Among other activities, the project partners will organize a 60-hours training programme (divided in 3 separate 4-day training) in Portugal, Italy and Spain, bringing together a maximum of 35 participants including victim support workers, victim-offender mediators, social workers, probation officers, family mediators, community conflict managers, trainers, all selected by the project partners.
The EFRJ is currently recruiting 6 participants for this full immersion training programme. Among the 6 participants, 4 are selected within the EFRJ membership and 2 within the EFRJ Secretariat.
All participants will attend the following trainings (20 hours each):
The draft contents of each training will be finalised by 1 June 2021. Please note that the weeks proposed above may be subject to change and only 4 days within the week will be dedicated to the training programme (i.e. either Mon-Thu, or Tue-Fri). The 4 days will probably be divided as such:
All day: 6h training
All day: 6h study visit
Morning: 4h training
In addition to the commitment to participate in the 3 training programmes, all the participants selected on behalf of the EFRJ will contribute to the following activities (to be divided among the 6 selected participants, according to personal interests and skills):
- Organise and facilitate a 3-hour training within the programme in Lisbon. In practice, the 6 participants may work in pairs to propose a 1-hour training including frontal presentations, or case studies, or interactive exercises; exact contents and format will be agreed with the EFRJ project coordinator based on the participants’ experiences and skills and in a cooperative manner.
- Facilitate a 2.5 hour session in each training programme to encourage participants to share knowledge on the following topics: 1. Victims needs assessment, 2. Restorative justice and victims, 3. Training of (restorative) justice professionals. In practice, the 6 participants will work in pairs to facilitate one of these sessions in each of the 3 trainings.
- Deliver a 2000 words paper within a two weeks after each training including practical guidelines on the following topics discussed in the 2-hour session with participants (see above): 1. Key-questions for assessing victims’ needs, 2. Key-guiding principles for protecting victims engaging in restorative justice, 3. Key-methods for training operators working (restoratively) with victims. In practice, the pairs that facilitated one of these sessions in each of the 3 trainings (see above) will write this paper.
- Being an individual or organizational member of the EFRJ based in one of the Erasmus+ eligible countries (contact us if you have doubts about your membership status!);
- Having a good level of English;
- Being motivated to attend the whole training programme (12 days over 1,5 year);
- Ability to travel to the 3 training venues (Lisbon, Rome, Barcelona);
- Working/ studying in the field of victims support, restorative justice, or relevant areas;
- Interest in criminal justice issues and/or in conflict management;
- Willingness to sign an agreement with the EFRJ for your engagement in PROTECT.
- Travel costs (from an eligible country) are covered by the Erasmus+ grant (up to 275 EUR per training);
- Accommodation and DSA are covered for all trainings (up to 106 EUR per day);
- Certificate of participation;
- Cross-border experience with an international group of professionals;
- Inspiring and dynamic training environments.
Please send your application electronically to Emanuela Biffi, PROTECT project manager on behalf of the EFRJ, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 June 2021 (subject line: PROTECT application - surname name – country). The selection procedure will be finalised by 15 September the latest.
Your application (in English) must include:
- Your presentation letter using the template of PROTECT (download it here);
Please save both your files with [PROTECT - surname name – country – template or CV].
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted and invited for the training programme.