Meet the experts

Published: Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

This is a blog by our Communications and Events Coordinator, Keeva Baxter.


Young people and children have particular needs which are sometimes overlooked when they are in contact with the Criminal Justice System. When working with children and young people, it is crucial to ensure that their rights are being protected and their needs are being met. We want to explore how restorative work can overlap with trauma-informed practice to best support children who have been harmed or caused harm to others. On the 20th and 21st of September we are hosting a unique and in-depth training course on ‘Restorative Justice from a Children’s Rights Perspective’. This training is being led by two expert trainers who have written a book on the topic. So who are our restorative trainers and what will you learn from the training course?


Annemieke Wolthuis has been involved in children’s rights and Restorative Justice for over 20 years. She is a researcher and trainer at Restorative Justice Nederland, a guest lecturer at various universities and schools, a mediator in youth cases, and a substitute youth judge at the Court of Rotterdam. Annemieke has served two terms as a board member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, and as vice-chair for the last 6 years. 


Tim Chapman had a lengthy career in the Probation Service in Northern Ireland. He spent 10 years as a lecturer in Restorative Practices at the University of Ulster. He teaches as visiting professor at the University of Sassari and at the University of Strathclyde. He publishes widely on restorative justice. Tim was the chair of the board of the European Forum for Restorative Justice for the last 4 years and is still a board member.


Tim and Annemieke wrote a book on the topic of Restorative Justice and children’s rights, and are using this research to inform the training course. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from our trainers’ wealth of experience and gain new skills to apply to your work with young people. We look forward to this exciting two days of learning and networking, giving you the opportunity to share ideas and ask questions directly to Tim and Annemieke.

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