Janine Carroll, Director of Restorative Now, is an internationally recognised expert in the field of Restorative Practice facilitation, training and culture change.
She has over 30 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 interactive training, professional development, evaluative audit and consultancy in all aspects of implementation and delivery of restorative services and practice across a variety of settings. Additional training and coaching support is offered through network skills and study hubs. Specialist training in culture change and restorative model implementation is also offered. Janine is an accredited Practitioner and Trainer with the Restorative Justice Council (RJC), and has post-graduate qualifications in Social Work, Race Relations and Conflict Resolution from Auckland, Victoria and Massey Universities in New Zealand. She has undertaken additional conflict resolution training from Nobel Prize nominee Dudley Weeks and others. She has presented and participated in several international conferences and expert discussion panels, and is currently a member of the Expert Advisory Group with the RJC. 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 and as a community-based Restorative Service Trust Practitioner, facilitating hundreds of restorative meetings in prisons and court settings. Over the past 10 years her focus has broadened to include education, health, charities, faith-based organisations and community-wide settings.
Janine has 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. Training 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 engagement and facilitating the Restorative meetings which focus on relationship building, repairing harm and growing healthy communities.
Janine has written and moderated the RJC approved Greenwich University paper in Restorative Practice. She has delivered Restorative Facilitator training courses in New Zealand, the UK, South East Asia and Belarus. Restorative Now is a member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice and collaborates with UNICEF in the delivery of international training.