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Introduction to Restorative Responses to Serious Harm

An interactive course taking place in the framework of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) Winter Academy 2020 on applying restorative justice in cases of serious harm for policy makers, managers, and full-time workers and volunteers who wish to implement restorative justice in this area. 

The course will be led by Tim Chapman and Gael Cochrane, EFRJ qualified trainers and will take place online. 
Participants of the course will receive course materials and get access to the EFRJ Winter Academy Insight Talks

Participation fee: 

  Early bird fee
(until 30 October)
Full price
Only in this course for members*
(+ Insight Talks) 
126 € 162 €
Only in this course for non-members
(+ Insight Talks) 
140 € 180 €

In both courses of the Winter Academy for members*
(+ Insight Talks) 

216 € 270 €
In both courses of the Winter Academy for non-members
(+ Insight Talks) 
240 € 300 €

Maximum number of participants is limited in 20. If the registration list is full you may subscribe to a waiting list and you will be notified if anyone cancels his/her participation. 

Early bird registration until 30 October 2020. Registration closes: 19 November 2020. 

*Members can access the event with a 10% reduction of the price that non-members pay. In order to get the reduced price, members need to request a promotion code before registering. (This will be required when filling in the form.) To get to code please contact us at: 


Please note: If you choose to pay bank transfer the system only recognises you as registered participant once the amount arrives to our account. Hence, the number of people who are indicated here on the site is lower than actual registrations we receive. The time stamp on your registration will determine if you fit into the maximum number of participants of this course. If the number of  participants exceeds the maximum number allowed we will put you on a waiting list. If we don't have more available spots, you will be offered to participate in the same course organised another time or you will have the option to get fully refunded.




Online event
24 November 4 pm - 7:30 pm CET
25 November 4 pm - 7:30 pm CET
26 November 4 pm - 7:30 pm CET
27 November 4 pm - 7:30 pm CET


Participants will…

  • understand that restorative justice with serious harm has both benefits and risks and that these must be assessed and managed. 
  • have sufficient understanding of the issue of power imbalances, of the relevance of trauma, of the importance of the readiness and willingness of the participants to participate in the restorative process, especially for the victim, and of the need for support and supervision after the restorative process.
    understand the practices of risk assessment and risk management.
  • understand that serious crime has a public significance as well as a personal impact. Community, however it is defined, can not only support people to recover from a very harmful act but can exacerbate a serious harm’s consequences.

Covered Topics

  • Balancing benefits with risks
  • Power imbalances and restorative processes
  • Trauma informed restorative practice
  • The role of the community with serious harm
  • Children as victims
  • Sexual harm
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Hate crime