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Becoming a Restorative Justice Practitioner - Training and Development Options


Your guidance on how to become a Restorative Justice Practitioner (Europe)

Restorative approaches are now being offered in a wider range of situations, meaning that demand for practitioners has increased substantially and this trend is likely to continue in the near future.

For those seeking employment, or even self-employment, training in Restorative Approaches could represent a great opportunity to start on a new career path. Those already in work could benefit from an expanded skills bank.

Restorative Justice is a growing sector that offers great career prospects. Restorative Solutions offers a range of training options to take you from the initial stages in the application of Restorative Approaches, right up to becoming an Accredited Practitioner.

You have a number of formative options depending on your previous knowledge and experience in Restorative Approaches. Different training organisations will use different names, and the duration and cost of training will vary, but these are examples of the most common training courses:

- Foundation training in the use of restorative justice informally in your workplace/area of practice

- Practitioner training in how to run formal meetings and conferences

- Training in how to run community conferences, large scale meetings for more than 25 participants run in the community

- Training in how to run complex and sensitive cases

- Training for Experienced Practitioners using Restorative Approaches in cases involving hate crime and harm

- Training for Case Supervisors

More information may be obtained by visiting the websites of the organisations listed on the right-hand side of this page.

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Accreditation in Restorative Approaches


Becoming an Accredited Practitioner (Europe)

Undertaking accreditation is the best way to consolidate your existing experience and expand your range of skills.

Becoming an Accredited Practitioner will also make you stand out as a highly-qualified Restorative Professional, with a minimum certified experience and the ability to apply restorative approaches in a competent and safe manner.

As your skills and experience as a practitioner grows it is recommended that you consider registering for an Accreditation Scheme. This is particularly important for you, as we are seeing restorative practice increase and the need for accredited practitioners is greater than ever before.

Organisations providing restorative services are seeking accredited practitioners who are capable and skilled in working with individuals in a range of situations.

Accreditation Schemes currently offered in Europe include these shown below (if your organisation offers Accreditation in RJ or Mediation, and would like to appear here, please contact the Forum Administrator):

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Restorative Solutions CIC and Red Snapper Learning Flexible Accreditation Scheme (BTEC Levels 3 and 4)



Restorative Solutions CIC and Red Snapper Learning

These accreditation schemes results from a partnership between Restorative Solutions CIC and Red Snapper Learning. Both organisations bring a wealth of experience to develop a scheme that is relevant and rigorous and provides a benchmark of quality.

Restorative Solutions has successfully introduced restorative practices to organisations, volunteers and front line workers. Building a proven track record of success in providing support, training and project delivery in restorative approaches across England and Wales.

Red Snapper Learning is a leading training and qualifications provider in the areas of crime reduction, investigation, prevention and community safety. Within its portfolio of services is the CSP Academy, a fully accredited BTEC center, providing qualifications for frontline practitioners who work in the field of Anti-Social Behaviour, Community Safety and Restorative Justice.

Practitioner Accreditation by the Restorative Justice Council



Restorative Justice Council

The public, particularly victims, need to know that a restorative process will be carried out safely and professionally. They need to know that the people delivering the service have the right skills and experience.

By becoming an Accredited Practitioner with the Restorative Justice Council, you can provide the public with the reassurance that your practice has been assessed against national standards and that you can deliver safe, positive, restorative processes.

Accreditation will also give you a sense of pride in your achievement, and will prove to managers and commissioners that you provide a quality restorative service.

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