Janine Carroll is an internationally recognised expert in the field of restorative approaches training and facilitation. She has over 25 years extensive experience in the area of restorative practice, much of this gained in New Zealand and the UK. Janine offers a high standard of training, professional development, evaluative audit and consultancy in all aspects of implementation and delivery of restorative services and practice across all settings. Additional training and support is offered through network skills and study hubs. Specialist training in culture change and restorative model implementation is also offered. Janine is an Accreditated 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. She has additional conflict resolution training from Nobel Prize nominee Dudley Weeks and others. She has participated in several expert discussion panels. Janine’s background is in social work and mediation, with her formative restorative work taking place in the criminal justice area, when she worked as a probation officer, facilitating hundreds of restorative meetings in prisons and court settings and providing the judiciary with reports outlining outcomes and agreements. Over the past 4 years her focus has primarily been education with significant work within schools using a ‘total immersion’ method of Restorative community building. She has also held management positions in government dispute resolution agencies and was instrumental in the establishment of a NZ community-based trust servicing courts, facilitating restorative meetings, and coordinating peer supervision across the facilitator group. Janine has developed specialist, tailored training across schools, community safety, criminal justice, antisocial behaviour teams, social work and social care teams and youth services. Over the past 4 years these courses have been delivered within a Local authority setting. The courses uniquely blend an interactive teaching and learning style. Topics canvas the values and ethos of a restorative approach, alongside the consideration of brain development and moral philosophy. These then inform the intensive focus on restorative facilitation skills, addressing the core tasks of facilitating meetings which focus on relationship building, repairing harm and growing healthy communities.
Janine has also written and moderated the RJC approved Greenwich University paper in Restorative Practice. She has delivered Restorative Facilitator training courses in New Zealand, the UK and Thailand and also delivers specific Listening Team training to groups school staff. An important adjunct to the training, is the focus on training being one part in the larger task of implementing culture change and offering targeted input towards embedding the restorative model across settings.