The IARS International Institute, in partnership with Khulisa, has launched a new programme titled “Victims’ Voices in Restorative Justice” with an aim of giving direct voice to victims and their families. Another key objective of this programme is to increase awareness of safe provision of restorative justice as per the standards and safeguards enshrined in the Victims’ Directive 2012/29/EU  due to be implemented in all member states by November 2015.

By combining resources from the UK Ministry of Justice, Monument Trust and the European Commission, the project will deliver:

  1. A victim-led awareness campaign (online, face to face, in print, TV, radio, videos).
  2. Face-to-face training and awareness raising seminars to victims, their families and professionals working within the criminal and restorative justice fields
  3. Online training and awareness raising e-course for victims and their families as well as CPD accredited e-courses for professionals and justice service providers.

The programme aims to build knowledge of restorative justice with those who will become the future users and providers of a range of restorative justice practices as detailed in: the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (which amends the Powers of Criminal Courts Sentencing Act 2000), Out of Court Disposal Consultation 2014, various victim service proposals from Police and Crime Commissioners and the Ministry of Justice’s RJ Action Plan for the criminal justice system. We are also keen to support lead stakeholders in the CJS; Prosecutors, Magistrates, court and tribunal professionals, Police & Crime Commissioners and the new Community Rehabilitation Companies.

The programme builds on IARS’ EU funded project “Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims and Empowering Professionals”,  as well as new research that has emerged on domestic violence.  The research findings of these programmes have been published in Gavrielides, T. (2014), A victim-led criminal justice system: Addressing the paradox, London: IARS Publications. ISBN 978-1-907641-27-5 and Gavrielides T, Loseby G.,Ntziadima A. (2014), Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence: A Critical Review, London: IARS Publications. ISBN:  978-1-907641-28-2. We will also be drawing expertise from Khulisa’s work with offenders and  victims.

For victims and their families – Share your experience

We are keen to hear from victims and their families especially those who have direct experience of restorative justice (e.g. direct or indirect mediation, conferencing, panels and circles). Here are only few of the ways that you can get involved:

  • Undertake our online  free online course “Asserting your rights through the new EC Directive that is freely available here
  • Write a blog for us sharing your experiences with restorative justice.
  • Express your interest in getting involved in future media opportunities (radio talks, interviews etc.).

To express your interest in getting involved or in expressing your interest in joining one of our free face to face training programmes please contact  Andriana at

For organisations and professionals


We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  


Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: +44(0) 7833 224442  


Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.