Victims' Rights in Restorative and Criminal Justice

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The IARS International Institute in partnership with Khulisa UK are pleased to offer a half-day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited course entitled Victims' Rights in Restorative & Criminal Justice. The course is designed 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. Additionally, there will be a  focus 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 30 CPD points accredited training programme was built through evidence from programmes that the IARS International Institute has run over the years.

"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).


  • Objectives

    The programme materials have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders, practitioners, victims and offenders. The course aims to;

    • Create knowledge around victims' rights in restorative justice and the Victims' Directive and its implications.
    • Improve skills and knowledge on how victims are treated and interacted with.
    • Provide professionals, agencies and services with the appropriate tools and best practice guidance to further develop cooperation among restorative justice services and national agencies.
    • Develop techniques in responding to victims and offenders, unpacking and exploring restorative justice.
    • Enable participants to gain an awareness of the signs leading to secondary victimisation and retraumatisation.
    • Practice learning with realistic case studies, establishing a sense of  practical application to what has been learnt.
    • Provide participants with additional resources e.g. who to contact if they need help, available restorative justice services, access to further training.

  • Who should attend

    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 course is also suitable for victims and their families.

  • Accreditation & Certification

    The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (30 CPD learning points).

    "Specialised courses regarding the rights and needs of victims of crime should be offered as part of on-going professional development" (EC Victims' Directive)

  • The full training package includes
    • Half a day face-to-face training.
    • Training manual and accompanying documents.
    • Background material to the Victim’s Directive, with a focus on specific articles relating to restorative justice.
    • Personal reflection and group discussion in response to case studies showing practical examples.
    • CPD Certification (30 credits).
    • Follow up, telephone support over a 6 month period.

  • Facilitators

    Professor Dr. Theo Gavrielides is the course leader responsible for the training. The materials have been developed after thorough research with victims, offenders and practitioners. Trainers include:

    • Lisa Rowles - Design and Development Lead at Khulisa UK. Her background includes UK and global commercial sales and management, consultancy, coaching, counselling and facilitation. She has studied in a variety of fields, including drama therapy (Worcs Uni), grief counselling (CRUSE), psychotherapeutic counselling (Chrysalis), psychology (OU), NLP (Master Business practitioner) and coaching (OCM, Oxford Brookes).
    • Rachel O'Brien - IARS Projects Coordinator (Justice). Her background includes research and policy experience across a range of justice related fields including access to justice, race equality, human rights, cultural competency, criminal justice and restorative justice.

  • Testimonials

    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.