Restorative justice gives victims the chance to meet or communicate with their offenders to explain the real impact of the crime – it empowers victims by giving them a voice.
It also holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends.
Restorative justice is about victims and offenders communicating within a controlled environment to talk about the harm that has been caused and finding a way to repair that harm.
For offenders, the experience can be incredibly challenging as it confronts them with the personal impact of their crime. For victims, meeting the person who has harmed them can be a huge step in moving forward and recovering from the crime.
This one-day course assists participants in understanding the key principles and skills required in restorative justice.
The areas covered include:
Introduction to restorative justice
The role of the facilitator
Introduction to restorative conferences
Restorative conferences with cases involving accepted responsibility
Restorative cases where there is unacknowledged harm and/or unaccepted responsibility
Using the restorative conferencing script
Preparation of participants for a conference
Practical relevant role-play opportunities