CPD Accredited Online Course on Restorative Justice and Victims' Rights

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CPD Accredited Online Course on Restorative Justice and Victims' Rights


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This page provides access to an accredited, evidence- based, online course on restorative justice and victims' rights as these are enforced through European and international legislation. The course has been developed by the IARS International Institute and it aims to increase professionals’ knowledge and skills on how they treat and interact with victims.  For Europe-based practitioners, the course also aims to ensure that victims' services and related practice comply with the Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime (Victims' Directive). The Directive is due to be implemented in all EU member states by November 2015. The training programme can be undertaken by professionals based in UK, Europe and internationally. 

"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 training programme is certified with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) status (20 CPD learning points – Intermediate level). There are over 500 professional institutes in the UK with CPD schemes in place for their members. CPD accreditation is also transferable in other countries. The course is the output of the two year EU funded project Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims And Empowering Professionals, The programme material have been developed in partnership with the 4 European partners  and in consultation with key stakeholders, practitioners, victims and offenders in order to reflect their needs and expectations from the criminal justice system. The course authors are Grace Loseby (IARS Projects Coordinator-Justice), Ben Lyon (Restorative Justice expert and practitioner) and Dr Theo Gavrielides (course supervisor).

Training Programme Plan

On completion of this course you will have knowledge about:

  • Best practice in delivering restorative justice safely for the victim
  • Sensitivities around victims, their needs and risks involved while delivering restorative justice practices
  • The European Commission and the Victims’ Directive
  • Rights of the victim & minimum safeguards during service provision
  • The restorative justice Articles of the Victims’ Directive and their implications for best practice
  • Impact of the Directive on your day to day work and funding
  • Implementing the Directive and legal consequences if breached
  • Relating the Victims’ Directive material to your day to day practice.

Target Audience and languages

The course is suitable for criminal justice professionals from around the world 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 e-learning course is prepared in English, but the material have also been translated in various versions including German, Greek, Bulgarian and Dutch. 

Accreditation & Certification

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). On completion of this course, you will be able to download a CPD Certificate of Completion awarded by Independent Academic Research Studies through The CPD Certification Service 

"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 length of the course depends on how quickly you could study and absorb material and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course. You can pause and control speed as you please. The course runs for a continuing 40 minutes with additional support. In order to support you to boost your knowledge and understanding of the course content, we also offer free access to the training material used for the face to face version of the same course. Follow up inquires and support are also provided:

  • 1 week post completion
  • 1 month post completion
  • 6 months post completion

A reminder email will be sent to your email address provided in the above intervals.

Cost & access to the course

The cost is £100, but for a limited period only we offer it at the subsidised price of £30. This is in order to cover the cost of the charity, IARS, for accrediting it. This subsidised cost will not be available after November 2015.

To access the online training please complete a payment of £30 by buying this training. If you already have an iars.org.uk user account [FREE] please login first. If you do not have a user account one will be created [FREE] during checkout and the details will be emailed to the email address you supply. Membership to the IARS website is FREE but we welcome donations in order to keep the website and its content open to everyone.

You will need to be logged in to access the course after your payment has been received and the details have been emailed to you.

Face to Face Training

We also deliver face to face training to individuals and organisations on a regular basis. There are fixed dates but we can also provide bespoke packages that suit you. If you would like to request training at a specific location or require alternative arrangements please contact T.Gavrielides@iars.org.uk 

The RJE Project was partly funded under the EC Grant Agreement JUST/2011-2012/JPEN/AG/2951

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  • BenLyon
    December 28, 2017 01:27 PM

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