Having being delivered over 60 times times in five different countries with over 1,131 individuals and 383 organisations, this one-day training has been developed to equip professionals with the tools and knowledge on victims rights in restorative and criminal justice. The training aims to ensure that practices conform with the new EU Victims' Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. The training focuses on the Directive's restorative justice requirements and on increasing knowledge on how to treat and interact with victims in the criminal justice process.
The training programme is certified (20 CPD points).
"All practitioners and professionals in contact with victims should be trained, including police, court staff, prosecutors, lawyers, judges, victim support and restorative justice services" (EC Victims' Directive, Article 25).
The programme material have been developed in partnership with 4 European partners in the Restorative Justice in Europe project and in consultation with key stakeholders, practitioners, victims and offenders. The course aims to
The course is suitable for criminal justice professionals including prosecutors, judges, lawyers, police officers, prison and probation staff, restorative justice practitioners, third party key workers and anyone who is working directly with victims of crime and their families.
The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (20 CPD learning points – Intermediate level).
"Specialised courses regarding the rights and needs of victims of crime should be offered as part of on-going professional development" (EC Victims' Directive)
Professor Theo Gavrielides is the course leader responsible for the training. The material have been developed after thorough research with victims, offenders and practitioners. Trainers include:
85% of the participants agreed that the course helped them to clearly understand the Victims' Directive and its restorative justice related articles. Additionally 80% agreed that the information they received will help them to collaborate better with victim related services and other providers in the victims' service areas.
"The case studies were particularly thoughtful as was the overall content. A very informative and useful course", RJ practictioner.
Kindly note that IARS is a not for profit organisation and all proceedings are reinvested to our charitable activities.
VCS up to 10 members of staff - £75
VCS with 11+ members of staff - £95
Statutory and Private Organisations £125
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