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This course is for professionals working in direct contact with victims of crime, or supporting the practical implementation of victims’ rights, to better understand how restorative justice responds to the (justice, safety, and other) needs of victims. It focuses on the challenges and opportunities of the field, looking at the different steps that may ensure access to high-quality restorative justice for victims.

It focuses on the challenges and opportunities of the field, looking at the different steps that may ensure access to restorative justice for victims, such as the awareness of criminal justice professionals and the general public on restorative justice, the resistance and fears towards its use (especially in specific type of crimes and/or vulnerable groups), the inter-agency cooperation needed to support referrals and access to the services, the methodologies in place to offer restorative justice to victims (and responsible for the harm), the actual facilitation of the dialogical process, the follow-up of the (potential) agreement, and the evaluation of the overall service.

Aim

To understand the actual implementation of restorative justice programmes (from the referral procedure to the offer to the actual delivery of the service) in order to support access to restorative justice services for all victims of crime.

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Understand values and practice principles of restorative justice;
  2. Will recognise victims’ needs and to understand how restorative justice takes into consideration these needs;
  3. Clarify the role of different professionals in ensuring access to restorative justice for victims (and responsible of the harm);
  4. Understand the challenges and opportunities of referring victims to restorative justice services.

Who should participate?

This course is meant for all professionals working with and for victims of crime (practitioners, policymakers, researchers). In particular:

  • Victim support workers, working in direct contact with victims and willing to understand more about restorative justice;
  • Victims’ rights advocates, researching and/or drafting policies to support victims of crime (including victims’ associations);
  • Restorative justice practitioners, working in direct contact with victims and willing to understand more about their needs;
  • Criminal justice professionals, possibly having direct contacts with victims (law enforcement, judiciary, etc.), willing to understand why/when/how to refer cases to victim support and restorative justice services;
  • Other professionals having direct contacts with victims (emergency, mental health care, crisis centers, etc.), also when crimes are not reported, with a potential role to inform them about the existence of restorative justice services.
Peter Crory

Trainers

Peter Crory & [TBC]

Peter Crory is the Head of Service for Victim Support Northern Ireland, the main victims support organisation in Northern Ireland. He leads on restorative justice for the organisation and is an experienced facilitator, working primarily on victim-initiated cases, to ensure a safe process that helps them on their recovery journey. He works closely with partners in prisons and probation to facilitate best practice. Victim Support NI is an accredited restorative organisation delivering a range of restorative justice training each year. He has previously worked in the voluntary sector for many years in Scotland and Ireland. 
Peter is married to Pauline and has two grown up children. He volunteers to chair trustees at his local youth and community centre, is a keen mountain biker and, only recently, a novice sailor.