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Side event: ‘Promoting diversion and community based programmes in Europe and beyond: Presentation of the European Model on Restorative Justice with Children and Young People’ 13th UN Congress of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

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Date

Thursday 16th of April 2015

Description

‘Promoting diversion and community based programmes in Europe and beyond: Presentation of the European Model on Restorative Justice with Children and Young People’

13th UN Congress of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Thursday 16th April 10.30, Room 103

Restorative practice is very limited in most countries worldwide, and in some of them the practice is nonexistent, or the potential of restorative justice is far from being reached. Research suggests that many victims and offenders would benefit from and would like to participate in restorative justice processes. Restorative justice, in its various guises, promises a novel approach to dealing with the needs of young offenders, victims and the wider community.

In 2014, the International Juvenile justice Observatory has been working in a European Research on a Restorative Juvenile Justice project, thanks to the support of the European Union, undertaking the task to produce a European Model for Restorative Justice with Children and Young People in order to disseminate and advocate the advantages of a restorative approach. Restorative practices support a participative notion of justice that favours reintegration over retribution and punishment. As such, by investing in the youths’ bond to the community and on a process that stimulates assumption of responsibility, restorative practices may prove particularly appropriate for integrating the best interest of the child in the justice process.

The aim of this publication is to enhance and deepen the knowledge on the theoretical and practical aspects of juvenile restorative justice in Europe, with the objective of supporting the implementation of strategies in a scientifically sound way. The research’s outcome includes a three volume publication under the following headings; ‘Research and selection of the most effective Juvenile Restorative Justice practices in Europe: 28 National Snapshots’, ‘Protecting Rights, Restoring Respect and Strengthening Relationships: A European Model for Restorative Justice with Children and Young People’ and ‘Toolkit for Professionals: Implementing a European Model for Restorative Justice with Children and Young People’.

This event will analyse the current state of play of the restorative justice agenda in the international policy agenda, the progress and milestones made for specialized institutions that will improve the links between children, community, diversion and restorative practises in Europe and beyond. Furthermore, delegates will discuss possible lines of action to integrate restorative practises and diversion in the youth justice systems, incorporating restorative methods in different areas, including school, community, family, police, prosecution and criminal justice. 

Panelists

Ms. Avril Cadler, President of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (IAYFJM), United Kingdom.

M. Fabrice Crégut, Justice for Children advisor, Terre des Hommes, Switzerland.

M. David McGuire, CEO Diagrama Foundation, United Kingdom.

Ms. Cristina Goñi, Secretary General, International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), Belgium.

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Scope

Europe

Keywords

Justice, Restorative

Location

Qatar National Convention Centre - Al Gharafa, 34195, Doha
Ar-Rayyan, Qatar

More information

Rue Mercelis, nº50
1050, Bruselas, Bruselas, Belgium
Telephone:00 32 262 988 90
oijj@oijj.org
http://www.oijj.org/

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