KINTSUGI (2018-2020)

The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) co-organises  with WELCOME (Italy) an international training programme on restorative justice, organised within the framework of the Erasmus+ project “KINTSUGI – Exchange of European Good Practices on Restorative Justice“. 

The 90-hour training programme, divided over 3 weeks time spread in 1,5 year, take place in Belfast (UK), Rome (Italy) and Namur (Belgium). The training bring together 25 participants from these different countries, working in the field of restorative justice, probation, victim support and related areas.

The kick off meeting was held on the 31 October 2018 in Pisa organised by WELCOME. 

The first training was on 8-12 April 2019 in Belfast. Around the main theme “Restorative communities”, senior trainers and RJ facilitators Hugh Campbell and Tim Chapman (chair of the EFRJ Board) presented on theories, practices and actual experiences on the use of restorative approaches in cases of political violence, with a particular focus on the post-conflict Northern Irish society. 

The second training was on 21-25 October in Rome. The training started with an introduction on restorative practices in Italy and focused on theories and practices on the concept of humanistic mediation. The training was provided by the staff of Sponde, an restorative organisation based  in Palermo, with offices in Rome too, member also of the EFRJ Working Group on Restorative Cities.

The third training is scheduled on 27-29 October 2020 online. This training was originally planned in March 2020 in Namur, postponed because of the Covid-19 sanitary crisis. It will be delivered in 3 mornings by Mediante and Arperge, two restorative justice services in Wallonia, respectively working with adults and children in the criminal justice system.

At the end of the 2-year project, the EFRJ was supposed to organise the final conference in Leuven or Sassari before September 2020. This initiative has been postponed to a fully online event, due to Covid-19. The final event includes 4 pre-recorded videos, to be launched during the international Restorative Justice Week in November, followed by a live Q&A with an open public and a closed event for the KINTSUGI participants only (27 November 2020, 10-12am CET). Register here!


Flyer Kintsugi (italiano)

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Tim Chapman and Hugh Campbell from Ulster University discuss their experiences of using restorative practices in the aftermath of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Maria Pia Giuffrida, Grazia Azzali and Antongiulio Gigante present the work of the organisation Sponde, with its humanistic approach to mediation and restorative justice.

Denis Van Doossealere and Antonio Buonatesta share the Belgian experiences of using restorative justice in criminal justice cases, respectively with youth and adults.

Silvia Randazzo and Nancy Van Eynde represented the EFRJ in this project, bringing in research, practice and training experiences and comparing the KINTSUGI activities in Belfast, Rome and Namur, they discuss the project outcomes with Emanuela Biffi, the Project's Administrator on behalf of the EFRJ.

For more information contact our project officer Emanuela Biffi: