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‘Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims’ project: Second steering committee meeting takes place in Belgium

Friday 5th of January 2018
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The second steering committee meeting of the IJJO-led project ‘Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims’, co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union, took place on 19th December at the IJJO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The IJJO was represented during this event by project manager, Silvia Randazzo.


The steering committee is composed of the IJJO, the European Forum on Restorative Justice (EFRJ), KU Leuven and Ulster University. It has been put in place to facilitate the coordination and ensure the quality of the project outcomes.

The meeting was opened by Ms Randazzo who welcomed the participants and updated them about the current status of the project. The first topic of discussion was the national coalitions and pilot projects developed by the mentee countries. Facilitated by Ms Randazzo, the experts discussed the plans presented by the partners for the implementation of the chosen RJ practice in the country, the role of mentor countries, and the role of Ulster University (Northern Ireland) in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the three pilot projects.

This discussion resulted in the collection of feedback that will be shared with the mentee countries which sought to clarify and further develop certain aspects, thereby facilitating the implementation of the plan in the coming months.

Tim Chapman and Hugh Campbell (Ulster University) followed this discussion with a presentation about the proposed script for the videos to be recorded in the mentee countries. These videos intend to have a training and advocacy purpose, to raise awareness about restorative justice practices, particularly about the possibility to implement and promote them around Europe and the steps that need to be taken in countries where there is no such practice already in place.

In the afternoon, Dr. Brunilda Pali from KU Leuven presented the final draft of the Practical Guide, which will be composed of an introductory part about restorative justice and, particularly, restorative justice with child victims, and a second part about the description of the three selected practices at the core of the project: Victim-Offender Mediation (Finland), Youth Justice Conferencing (Northern Ireland), and Victim-Offender Mediation in serious crimes and in the juvenile justice system (Belgium).

The discussion then covered an action plan for the finalisation of the Guide, identifying the different roles of the experts and including clarification of the next steps for its editing and printing, translation and adaptation into an online training platform.

After that, Dr. Inge Vanfraechem (EFRJ) presented the evaluation of the project activities and outcomes. The monitoring and evaluation tools will be finalised this month and will cover the field visits (already evaluated), the development of national coalitions, the training sessions and the RJ practices planned in the mentee countries.

Silvia Randazzo then concluded the steering committee meeting by discussing several miscellaneous points, such as the project’s sustainability as well as the 10th International EFRJ Conference (Tirana 2018), where the project will be presented, and the project´s final conference, to be held in Brussels in December 2018.

 

Co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union


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