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).
The programme materials have been developed 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 course is also suitable for victims and their families.
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)
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:
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.