Restorative Practice

RESTORING THE BALANCE

Restorative Practice can take place within the criminal justice system, the workplace, educational setting and care homes among others.  The process encompasses a range of interventions from the most informal restorative conversations and impromptu meetings and circles to formal restorative justice conferences.  These meetings and conferences can include the offender(s), direct victim(s), their respective supporters, relevant professionals, and other affected members of the community.

Common to all these restorative processes is a structured approach to address harm in a supportive and positive way that puts the people most affected at the centre of the process and makes possible reintegration and renewal of all those involved.

The primary goals of restorative processes are:

  • To clarify the responsibility for the offence or wrongdoing
  • To identify those affected
  • To address the nature of the harm caused
  • To explore ways of ‘putting right’ the harm that was caused
  • To put key decisions into the hands of those most affected

Longer term goals of restorative processes include:

  • Longer term goals of restorative processes include:
  • To help those harmed regain their equilibrium
  • To re-integrate the offender/wrongdoer into the community
  • To reduce re-offending

The main restorative processes are:

  • Restorative Conferencing (including victim(s), offender, community members affected by the offence, supporters of both, and professional representatives)
  • Victim – Offender mediation
  • Community and Family Group Conferencing
  • Peacemaking circles

All trainings offered by Beyond Conflict Ltd subscribe to the RJC code of practice.

Facilitating Restorative Practice

SKILLS FOR DEVELOPING YOUR PRACTICE

Many delegates interested in restorative processes already hold a well developed set of skills. The challenge in restorative practices is not so much acquiring a specific skill set, important as that is. Equally important is understanding and being able to put into practice, the particular ethos, values, and principles underpinning the restorative approach. This requires challenging well established assumptions and practices and that is what takes time.

The length of trainings is flexible to take into account participant’s previous levels of experience.

Awareness Seminar

Designed for managers and supervisors of restorative practitioners who want to understand the principals and values underpinning best practice in order to effectively support their specialist staff and colleagues. The training does not include a skill component. (4-6 hours)

Introduction to Restorative Processes

Introductory workshops provide an overview of the concepts, history, values, and philosophy of restorative practice. Basic skills for managing restorative enquires and discussion and managing restorative circles are introduced and practiced. They are suitable for people who will be using restorative skills informally, to resolve conflicts in the course of their day job. (2 days)

Facilitator Training – Workshop 1

An ILM Development Award is available for this course

This training equips participants with the skills and knowledge to run a formal restorative process – for example restorative conferencing, victim-offender mediation, or Family Group Conference. The course is adapted with context-specific role-plays and processes) for a variety of sectors, i.e. educational, community and statutory sectors. (4 days)

Advanced Facilitator Training

Additional training is designed for those who have considerable experience in facilitating restorative processes and want to broaden the range of cases they facilitate to include more sensitive and complex cases, as outlined in the RJT Best Practice Guidance. The duration and content of these training courses will be determined by the particular needs of the delegates. Workshop 1 or the equivalent is a pre-requisite for this course. (2-4 days)

Supervision and Professional Development

The assumption is made that those trained to implement restorative practices will be supported by suitable supervision and opportunities for continued learning and professional development. Beyond Conflict Ltd provides mentoring and coaching for both teams and individuals to support their professional development after training.

Training for Trainers

Individuals who have completed a facilitator skills training course, and have experience of facilitating at least 6 formal restorative processes are able to take this course. In addition, they may also have experience of informal uses of restorative practices and approaches as appropriate to the level and context of the training they will be delivering. The ‘training of trainers’ course for restorative practices must be of sufficient duration to ensure that the participant can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of restorative practices and the training skills necessary to teach others. The course must include observed and assessed mock training sessions delivered by the participant, followed by detailed peer and trainer feedback. This needs to be followed by delivery of a standard facilitator training course co-trained with and observed by an experienced trainer.

Useful Links

A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING ORGANISATIONS AND ARTICLES
Restorative Justice Council

The Restorative Justice Council

The Howard League for Penal Reform

The Howard League for Penal Reform

Cllinks

Clinks

Geese Theatre Company

Geese Theatre Company

The Forgiveness Project

The Forgiveness Project

 

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