What is best practice when offering Restorative Justice?

Published: Friday, September 10th, 2021

How to offer Restorative Justice event bannerDo you work with victims of crime? With people who have offended, or are at risk of offending? With vulnerable people in a statutory agency or NGO setting? If so, it is essential that you understand how to approach the subject of Restorative Justice with service users. Why me?’s online seminar on September 29th will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to raise the subject appropriately.

Raising Restorative Justice in the most effective way enables people affected by crime to make an informed decision about whether they would like to engage in a restorative process. It reassures people that they can have a no-strings-attached conversation with their local restorative provider, where they can explore their needs and what kind of intervention may help them. Our justice system rarely prioritises the individual needs of the people affected, nor does it empower them to address the harm caused themselves. Many victims of crime don’t initially appreciate that this is something which they could consider, and can be uncertain about whether Restorative Justice really does put their needs first. Knowing how to answer frequently asked questions and spot the signs that someone is likely to benefit from Restorative Justice can allow you to better support people harmed by crime to take ownership of their own recovery.

This seminar will provide guidance and advice based on Restorative Justice facilitation experience, which will build your confidence about when and how to offer Restorative Justice. For example, the Virtual Conferencing Method allows you to make the restorative offer without using the words ‘Restorative Justice’. This is important when working with people who have been affected by crime, as it can convey the benefits of the process without introducing terminology which may intimidate service-users, or about which they may have previous misconceptions. The seminar will cover what the Virtual Conferencing Method is, how it can be best utilised for adults and young people, and will give attendees the opportunity to practice their skills. 

A Why me? Ambassador will speak at the event, explaining what good practice when offering Restorative Justice is, based on their own lived experience. This is an invaluable opportunity to hear advice and feedback from one of our Ambassadors, as well as having any questions about the topic answered.

You can buy your ticket below for £85. Group discounts for an organisation are available, as are discounts for students. 

Sign up to the event on “How to offer Restorative Justice”

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