Restorative Justice Principles and Practices
This course has been designed by Tim Chapman who has been engaged in restorative justice as a practitioner, trainer and researcher since 1999. Recently he has fundamentally reviewed and revised his approach based upon his research into victims’ experience of restorative justice and facilitating restorative meetings addressing serious historical sexual abuse.
Modules 1 and 2 focus on understanding relevant theory and research and the restorative justice model adopted for this course. It is be supported with a detailed handbook for course participants and short presentations by the trainer. Time will be allocated for reflection and learning exercises in small groups. The trainer will use relevant scenarios to explain and demonstrate the practice model. Each group will then work with different scenarios when applying the practice model.
Modules 3 and 4 focus on practice skills and recording. We do not use a script approach preferring a collaborative approach based upon the inclusive, flexible and creative nature of storytelling and dialogue. The practice model is called narrative dialogue. it has been designed to achieve high levels of active participation, especially by victims, in safe, respectful, fair and honest face-to-face restorative meetings. Each group will follow the restorative process through playing parts in their scenario. The trainer will provide feedback.
The Approach to Learning
The training methods will be varied to appeal to different styles of learning, participative to encourage understanding of the ideas and competence in the processes and skills and informal to facilitate dialogue and reflection. Each session has a plan with learning outcomes, content, PowerPoint slides and activities.
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