What’s coming up in Restorative Justice Week?
This is a blog by Communications and Events Officer Keeva Baxter.
Restorative Justice Week is fast approaching and it is lining up to be packed full of exciting events, discussions and activities. This year’s theme is Access to Restorative Justice.
We have compiled a list of the events that Why me? are involved in so you can easily sign up to the ones you are interested in. Join us to celebrate #RJWeek and amplify the message about increasing access to Restorative Justice – we would love to see you there.
Restorative Talks: Using Restorative Justice for Domestic and Sexual Violence
24th November 2022, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm with a drinks reception until 7 pm, E14 5JJ
This exciting first-time, free, in-person event is an opportunity for you to learn about Restorative Justice and hear firsthand from survivors of domestic and sexual violence about their own experiences with Restorative Justice. It will include a keynote speech, a short film screening, a panel discussion, and a Q&A followed by a drinks reception.
Restorative Justice: Unpacked
29th November 2022, 4 pm – 6 pm
Join Why me? for an exciting event where we will talk about what Restorative Justice is, clear up any misconceptions, and generate a discussion about how it can transform the Criminal Justice System for the better. We will be joined by one of our Why me? ambassadors to speak about their experience of using Restorative Justice to heal the harm caused by a serious crime. Our Unpacked event is the first step in the Why me? training journey and will put you in a great position to receive facilitation training if you are interested in becoming a trained practitioner.
Using restorative Justice for faith-based hate crime
25th November 2022, 11 am – 12:30 pm
With rising hate crime in the UK, including religious hate crime, there is an urgent need to find new approaches to strengthening community interfaith relations. Why me? are hosting a panel discussion in partnership with the Faith and Belief Forum to discuss whether Restorative Justice can be used to heal some of the harm caused by faith-based hate crime.
Restorative Justice in Cases of Violent Extremism
23rd November 2022, 3 pm – 4 pm
In the past year, the Working Group on Violent Extremism of the European Forum for Restorative Justice has launched two publications: a practice guide, responding to some frequently asked questions and proposing some case studies, and a policy paper, presenting some evidence and referring to existing international documents relevant for the field. On the 23rd of November you will have the opportunity to find out more about these two publications and further discuss the challenges and opportunities of Restorative Justice in cases of violent extremism, polarisation and hate together with the experts of the Working Group, including Why me? Director Lucy Jaffé.
Harmed and harmer: how to incorporate trauma-informed and restorative practices when working with young people affected by crime and conflict (RJC Annual Conference)
Monday 21st November,
It’s crucial to understand how to utilise restorative practices in a sector which is increasingly focused on trauma-informed practice. When working with young people, it is commonplace to find that someone will have experienced interpersonal violence as both the harmer and the harmed person. It is vital, therefore, to work with young people according to both trauma-informed and restorative practices.
This skills workshop, led by our Development Officer (Youth Justice) Leah Robinson, will explore engaging with young people who have experienced interpersonal violence from this mindset, acknowledging the importance of working according to a holistic, participant-focused approach. This engagement can therefore be seen as victim engagement and/or offender engagement, both in diversion schemes and through court-ordered interventions.
An Economic Evaluation of Restorative Justice post-sentence in England and Wales (RJC Annual Conference)
Monday 21st November, 9 am – 11:30 am
Participation in Restorative Justice interventions post-sentence has been shown to reduce reoffending and increase the wellbeing of victims and offenders. But investment in, and access to, Restorative Justice remains limited in England and Wales. This research developed contemporary and robust estimates of the economic impact of investment in Restorative Justice interventions. Join this session at the RJC’s Annual Conference to hear about Frank Grimsey Jones’ ‘Economic Evaluation of Restorative Justice’ research on behalf of Why me?.