Restorative Now are piloting a Restorative Practice Clinic model within Youth Offending Services, to focus upon the relationship between Young Person and their parent or carer.
Restorative Now delivers Restorative Practice training internationally, affording participants the opportunity to reflect on their specific cultural context with the implementation of this approach.
At the Restorative Justice Council AGM 2015, the Restorative Now Facilitator Training Programme was awarded the RJC Training Accreditation Standard.
28th May 2014
I attended an inspiring event last evening – the screening of the award winning film Beyond Forgiveness at the Royal Geographic Society. The film, directed by Imad Karam, won the Golden Award for Inspiration at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality (IFFPIE) in 2013. The evening was chaired by Terry Waite who shared experiences and learning from his 50 year involvement in brokering peace across a multitude of international situations of conflict. The film charts formative and tragic events in the lives of two South Africans, Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele, events which precipitated a collision of their worlds and led to a subsequent inspiring collaboration which now addresses the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. Following the film screening, both Ginn and Letlapa then sat with Terry and the three, in dialogue with the audience, discussed the impact their varied messages of hope and inspiration may play in changing the personal and political worlds we inhabit.
Some memorable quotes from the evening:
“Being forgiven was like being struck by lightning from a cloudless sky.”
“To accept forgiveness from the ‘other’, you first have to forgive yourself.”
“Storytelling is part of a healing process.”
“I took a principled decision to give up my right to revenge…. and I began to see the woundedness of the ‘other’.”
“The world could be a different place if we understood the needs of the dispossessed.”
“Imagine if, in our woundedness, we acknowledge our complicity in the injustices of the past, reach across the divide, and then hold ourselves and our leaders accountable.”
“Every experience affords one learning.”
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Janine Carroll is an Accredited Restorative Practitioner and Trainer with the Restorative Justice Council UK (RJC), awards presented by Princess Anne, and has post-graduate qualifications in social work, race relations and conflict resolution from Auckland,Victoria and Massey Universities in New Zealand.
Restorative Now offers full day workshops to students across secondary schools and special provisions. Through activities-based learning, young people explore perceptions of events, emotional literacy, notions of justice and impact of interventions, and the use of restorative enquiry.
Restorative Now training courses utilise intensive skills practice and activity-based learning to enable facilitators to effectively engage with restorative participants thus enabling each party to harness their needs moving forward.
Restorative Now offers training to children in the use of restorative enquiry to resolve conflict and repair relationships. Restorative practice affords young people the opportunity to appreciate the impact of behaviour on others and this grows empathy.
Restorative Now trains facilitators in the art of enabling and caretaking the process of dialogue between parties in dispute. Restorative practice is applicable across a diversity of settings, age groups and personal circumstances.