Introduction to Restorative Justice

The introduction course to restorative justice of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ)

The Introduction to Restorative Justice course invites participants to discover the basics of restorative justice,  its purpose, key principles, models, applicability, and supporting legal instruments. The learning is organised through active participation, discussions, group exercises and common reflections, and it features specific and practical examples such as for example scenarios of (anonymised) cases. 

The course is an excellent start of refresher to anyone interested in restorative justice, It is especially recommended for policy makers, managers, and full-time workers (social workers, community activists, teachers, psychologists,  police, prosecutors, judges and prison officers) and volunteers who wish to implement restorative justice.  The concepts and skills have relevance for people working in the criminal justice system, in schools, workplaces, healthcare settings, community and other organisations.

The course is delivered by EFRJ Qualified trainers. It can be organised in online and face-to-face format. 

Participants of the course will receive course materials and get access to the a number of additional pre-recorded video presentations that invite them to learn about specialised topics related to restorative justice. These resources will remain available for them even after the end of the course and they can watch them according to their own interests and in their own pace. 

Courses in 2021

Introduction to Restorative Justice (in English): Online (via Zoom) 15, 16, 22, 23 April every day between 4 pm and 7:30 pm. 
Trainers: Maartje Berger and Monique van der Zouw. 
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Introducción a la Justícia Restaurativa (ESP) (Introduction to Restorative Justice in Spanish): Online (via Zoom) 18, 20, 25, 27 May every day between 4 pm and 7:30 pm. 
Trainers: Mercedes Matás Castillo and Ángel Avilés Hernández.
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Objectives

Participants will…

  • be able to enable people in the countries where they work to understand what restorative justice means.  
  • be able to understand restorative justice within the boundaries of fundamental safeguards determined in international policy documents and in the national legislation.
  • understand that the principles of good restorative practices are value-led and informed by research evidence.
  • understand the choices that must be made in relation to participants and processes to deliver successful restorative outcomes.

Covered Topics

  • Definitions and purpose,
  • Values and principles of practice
  • Areas where restorative justice can be applied within and beyond criminal justice settings
  • Engaging participants in restorative processes
  • Preparing participants to participate in restorative processes
  • Facilitating Victim Offender Mediation
  • Facilitating Restorative Circles
  • Facilitating Restorative Conferences
  • Support and accountability for agreed action plan