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Summer School 2019

Toys on the Poster of the Summer School on Child Friendly Restorative Justice

Summer School on Child Friendly Restorative Justice

8th edition, Gdańsk.

The 8th edition of the  European Forum of Restorative Justice (EFRJ) summer school was organised within the walls of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Gdańsk University in the North of Poland (22-26 July 2019).

This 2019 year’s theme was “Child-friendly Restorative Justice”. The focus was on both, young victims and offenders, to identify appropriate restorative responses to conflict and crime involving this specific vulnerable group. Among others, much attention was given to innovative practices for making the offer and encouraging dialogue and the sharing of emotions when children and adolescents are involved in a restorative process. The topic was in line with the EFRJ’s agenda, namely to ensure that every person in Europe have the right of access to RJ services, in any criminal case and at any stage of the criminal procedures.

The Summer School 2019 provided a safe and inspiring space for participants to gain additional knowledge and, where relevant, to practice advanced skills that bring benefit to victims and offenders.

Main topics:

  • Access to RJ for minors.
  • Preparatory meetings for minors, their families and communities of support.
  • Facilitation of a RJ process involving minors.
  • Experiencing different languages for engaging with minors.
  • Training of RJ practitioners dealing with minors.
  • Supervision and support of RJ practitioners dealing with minors.
  • Cooperation with other institutions (e.g. child care, victim support, schools)


Local organising team:

The Summer School 2019 was hosted in the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Gdańsk University with the support of the Polish Centre of Mediation Division Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot, the Pomeranian Centre of Mediation and Arbitration and the Centre for School and Peer Mediation. The local organising team was comprised of our former Board member Beata Czarnecka-Dzialuk, the Vice-Dean of the Law faculty Professor Wojciech Zalewski, the director of the Polish Centre of Mediation Katarzyna Stryjek and the executive director of Probation Officers Krzysztof Stasiak.


Here you can find the final booklet. 

Booklet 8th edition summer school (2019)

Group photo of the participants

Registration and fees (archive)

The deadline to register to the European Forum for restorative Justice Summer School 2019 was 15 June (Early-bird fee: 30 April). A waiting list is open if we fill the 30 places available for this edition of the Summer School before the deadline for registrations. Register here! Registration is complete only after the payment has been received.

The registration fee includes:

  • Participation fee and materials for the five-day training (22-26 July)
  • Accommodation, incl. 4 nights (22-25 July), Breakfast & City tax, at Smart Hotel Garnizon*
  • Lunches, coffee breaks and one dinner
EFRJ member 650 € 730 €
Non-EFRJ member 730 € 810 €

*Please note that we have booked single rooms for individual use. Please contact the EFRJ secretariat if you need a double room, or if you do not need accommodation in Gdansk.

Waivers: The EFRJ will grant a limited number of (full/ partial) waivers to participants for whom it is financially difficult to attend the Summer School. Applicants must be members of the EFRJ since 2018, or earlier: still, if you are a new member in 2019, you can register with a reduced fee. Full waivers cover the full registration fee (all inclusive); partial waivers will cover half registration fee. Transports to Gdansk are not covered by the waivers. The deadline to submit a waiver request is 15 March 2019. Please use the online waiver application form to submit your application. The main criteria for the selection are: experience, profession, motivation, and country representation. We will evaluate each request and inform you about the results within two weeks after the deadline. In case of negative response, the early-bird fee applies.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel your registration to the Summer School before 1 May, you will receive a refund of 70% of your registration fee. After this date, reimbursement is no longer possible.

Practical information

Venue‘s address: Faculty of Law and Administration of the Gdańsk University, Jana Bażyńskiego 6, 80-980 Gdańsk

Hotel‘s address: Smart Hotel Garnizon, ul. Słowackiego 3, 80-257 Gdańsk

Travel: There is an international airport in Gdańsk, also known as Lech Wałęsa Airport (named after former Polish president), located 12km West of the city. To reach the city from the airport, take Bus line 210 of ZTM Gdansk (40 minutes from Gdansk Airport to the railway station Dworzec Glówny). There are other 11 international airports in Poland: click here to know more.