Restorative Justice for Children
This practice-oriented online training invites participants to learn about the use of restorative justice in cases involving children in contact with the criminal justice system (both as victims and/or as offenders). It shares essential knowledge and strengthens the skills of professionals working with children and young people. It gives much attention to the communication between the parties, finding a balance between protecting and empowering children so that their voice is heard in a safely organised encounter.
The training will introduce activities on the use of restorative justice for children. These will include interactive exercises and case study discussions (e.g. to reflect on a case from different professional viewpoints, such those of judges, mediators, parents, children, advisors, school directors, guidance counsellors, or to look at the same type of harm changing the scenarios of the parties involved, or to discuss on how to deal with power imbalances, such as between adults and children).
The training is relevant for professionals working with children who have been harmed by a criminal offence or who are in contact with the criminal justice system for other reasons. Participants of this training should have prior knowledge on restorative justice, or at least they should attend the (free) e-learning course on ChildHub (4-6 hours long) on the topic.
- To share existing good practices and challenges for using restorative justice with children;
- To get new ideas for involving and empowering children to advocate for their own rights and needs and make their voice heard in issues that matter to them;
- To foster mutual learning and build capacities of professionals working in the criminal justice system to implement restorative justice practices for children.
The course takes place online (via Zoom) and it is delivered by Lynn Gastmans and Bie Vanseveren, both senior mediators and EFRJ registered trainers. The language of the course will be English
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Registration and practicalities
The two-half day training will be delivered in two afternoons (on 10 and 12 November). The sessions will take place on Zoom. If you do not have the desktop Zoom application yet, please download the programme from here.
Registered participants will receive the link one day before the training starts (check your spam folder or contact us if you haven't receive the email).
EFRJ members get 20% reduction of all fees. If you are an organisational member of the EFRJ and want to subscribe for this course please contact Bálint Juhász to get your discount code. (Individual members' discount is automatically applied once you are logged in. )
Is the participation fee a barrier for you to participate? We offer a limited number of partial or full waivers of the fee. If you would like apply for that please contact Bálint Juhász and explain your situation in an email in an email until the latest 21 October 2021.
|Early bird fee (until 25 October)||Full price|
|Participation fee for non members||€70||€90|
|Participation fee for EFRJ members||€56||€72|
Bie Vanseveren and Lynn Gastmans
Bie and Lynn (Flanders, Belgium) are both senior mediators and they have been part of the i-RESTORE Advisory Group, sharing their expertise with practice and training throughout the project. Both were invited, together with Belinda Hopkins, to deliver the EFRJ Summer School on Child friendly Restorative Justice (Gdańsk, 2019).
Bie Vanseveren, graduated in Ortho-pedagogy, started her professional career by working with people with disabilities. Until 2020, she worked in the field of restorative justice with adolescent delinquents and victims, more specifically as a mediator and Family Group Facilitator in the Alba vzw. She is one of the pioneers who implemented Family Group Conferencing in Belgium and trained many other facilitators. Now she works as a practical supervisor in the Familial Sciences program in the Co-University Odisee, where she also teaches the restorative methodology. On behave of this, she is also an independent mediator in youth care, dealing with conflicts between clients and the institutions.
During all these years working with youngsters, she noticed it isn’t always easy to talk. Sometimes as result of the difficulties of the case or situation, but also because talking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. That’s how she got more engaged in working with materials and images. Over time, she has developed different strategies and started sharing her knowledge with colleagues and people interested in these method.
Lynn Gastmans graduated as a criminologist and sexologist. Currently she is following a postgraduate programme in Gestalt therapy and in forensic diagnostics. Her work experiences can all be situated in the forensic field: at a youth detention center, reintegration of ex-prisoners on probation and welfare work inside the Brussels prisons. That’s also where she got drawn into the restorative justice field. For seven years she worked as a victim-offender mediator and family group conference moderator in Belgium (Brussels), with juvenile offenders. Currently she is working with adults in a forensic setting (people who got involved in assault, domestic violence and sex offences).
Programme & Schedule
The specific training topics will be communicated in the beginning of November. For now, register and save the dates in your calendar:
|10 November||12 November|
|2 - 3:45 pm - Training activity
3:45 - 4:15 pm - Comfort break
4:15 - 6:00 pm - Training activity
|2 - 3:45 pm - Training activity
3:45 - 4:15pm - Comfort break
4:15 - 6:00 pm - Training activity
The hours are given according to the Central European Time (CET) zone, which is the time in Brussels for example. Please adapt the hours to your time zone. You can use this tool.
This training is based on the outcomes and challenges of the EU-funded project “i-RESTORE: Protecting Child Victims Through Restorative Justice”, coordinated by Terre des hommes Foundation (Tdh) in 2019-2021, with partners in Albania, Belgium, Greece, Romania and The Netherlands.
i-RESTORE aimed at improving the position of child victims in criminal procedures by using restorative justice interventions to give children and young people a voice in issues that matter to them. Among its activities, the project team published a European comparative research report and three national reports (Albania, Romania and Greece) including a review of current laws, policies, research, projects, trainings and practices related to restorative justice with children. National trainings were given for professionals in the three target countries and an e-learning free course was made accessible via the Child Hub platform.
An unique feature of this project was the involved of two groups of experts throughout the project: an international Restorative Justice Advisory Group (composed by experts in the fields of restorative justice and children’s rights) and three national Child Advisory Boards (composed by young people in contact with the law and/or interested in the project’s themes).
The European Forum for Restorative Justice (in cooperation with Restorative Justice Nederland) had an important role in the research and training phases of this project, and it organised the (virtual) study visits for children from the Child Advisory Boards.