In 2023, the EFRJ organises its 9th Summer School in Varna (Bulgaria) on the subject of Prisons & Restorative Justice. The event will take place between 24 - 28 July 2023.
The Summer School focuses on the lived experience of imprisonment and the participation of prisoners in restorative practices. It is informed by research and practice in the experience of prisoners of participating in restorative justice. It reflects a deep respect for the authority of prisoners’ lived experience and their narratives. Also, the insights, reflections of all other stakeholders are taken into account in this course.
How can a prison officer, case manager or prison governor work restoratively? How can the local community be involved? Or how to work restoratively with the children of imprisoned parents? Or how to support victims entering prison to engage in restorative practices?
This course is specifically created with a heart, mind, and soul. All three of these things matter greatly in working restoratively in prison.
This is a course designed to prepare policy makers and professionals working in- and outside prison, as well as practitioners to work restoratively in prison. It is recommended for those who want to develop or execute restorative practices in prison.
The EFRJ Summer Schools typically bring together a wide range of professionals and offer them meaningful learning and exchange opportunities. The 2023 Summer School is particularly relevant for:
- Restorative justice facilitators and service coordinators
- Prison management and staff
- Policy makers working in the domain of criminal justice, prisons, or restorative justice
- Representative of NGOs who work in prisons
- Academics researching the topic
The course will be delivered by senior experts of the topic Bart Claes and Roberto Moreno.
Elena Evstatieva (EFRJ member, Director of La Conférence SARL).
University of Economics – Varna, University Mediation Center
Registration is open (until 18 July 2023). Early bird registration is available until 10 May 2023.
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