i-Restore is a project promoting the use of restorative justice in cases involving child victims by improving knowledge among national stakeholders on child-victim friendly restorative justice and empowering children to advocate for better protection of child victims. 

Partners: Terre des hommes Greece, Terres des hommes Albania, Terre des hommes Romania, Restorative Justice Netherlands (RJN), European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ). 

Project coordinator: Terre des hommes Regional Office in Hungary: https://tdh-europe.org

Funding: With financial support of the European Commission.

Duration: 24 months

Summary:  Many countries in Europe are still novice in terms of applying Restorative Justice as a conflict resolution mechanism in cases related to child victims. Restorative justice processes are at their early stage of development in many countries, and State and non-State practitioners need to build their capacities on how and when to adopt its approaches and mechanisms.
Moreover, the views of children and young people are not taken into consideration for deciding on issues affecting them. Their voices need to be heard and greater opportunities provided to them to share experiences and inputs for the development of transformative policies and programmes related to justice for children.
In this context, i-RESTORE proposes to offer opportunities for professionals to learn from each other, and to ensure that restorative justice fully respect the rights of child victims. It will do this by using a holistic and participative approach. 

Some of the objectives are:

  1. Identify gaps and synergies in relation to applying restorative justice in cases involving child victims, by conducting a comparative review of current laws, policies, strategies, practices, capacities, researches and initiatives related to restorative justice in the target countries, in order to:
    a. highlight (in)consistencies with international and European standards and practices applicable to the protection of the rights of child victims;
    b. highlight opportunities and existing best practices involving child victims; and c. have a clearer picture of what information has been shared with policy makers and practitioners, and how we can capitalize on existing initiatives to support restorative justice.
  2. Collect information from policy makers and practitioners in criminal justice about their level of understanding about the position of child victims in restorative justice.
  3. Empower children to advocate for better protection of child victims in restorative justice, including in cases related to emerging forms of child abuse and violence perpetrated online and among peers.
  4. Build the capacities and foster mutual learning amongst national policy makers and practitioners in criminal justice to implement child-victim-friendly restorative justice approaches and mechanisms, through face-to-face and e-learning training material.
  5. Raise awareness and advocate for child-sensitive restorative justice approaches in cases involving child victims, through campaigns, written and video information material produced with children aged 12-18 years old, and regional advocacy events.


Q&A on RJ I-restore

Restorative Justice: Key concepts and frequently asked questions

This document was prepared within "i-RESTORE: Protecting Child Victims through Restorative Justice" project by Terre des Hommes and European Forum for Restorative Justice. 


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For more information contact our project officer Emanuela Biffi: emanuela.biffi@euforumrj.org