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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