Restorative Justice training

One day seminar: Introduction to Restorative Justice

Date: 22 June 2017, and again on 6 November 2017.
Times: 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Location: Hammersmith, London
Cost: £75
To book a place: email Fiona Turner at or call Calm Mediation on 020 7603 4014.


Restorative justice is a process which enables communication between those harmed by an incident and the person responsible. It can be a powerful response to address harm caused. Our three hour seminar is an introduction to restorative practice, the principles and the benefits for participants.

Training objectives:

  • To examine restorative practice as an alternative response to harm (an offence)
  • To explore the benefits of restorative practice for the harmed person (victim) and the harmer (perpetrator)
  • To understand how restorative practice is being used in the UK.

Seminar content:

  • Understanding restorative practice: definition, principles and processes
  • The different types of restorative approaches: direct conferences and indirect approaches
  • Benefits of restorative practice for the harmed person (victim) and the harmer (perpetrator)
  • Organisational contexts within which restorative approaches are being used.

The seminar involves trainer input, group discussion and interactive activities to understand restorative practice. The seminar will be delivered by Calm Mediation’s restorative justice co-ordinator and a trained practitioner.

This is an introductory session and prior knowledge of restorative practice is not necessary.

Who should attend:

This seminar is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about restorative practice or who is thinking about introducing restorative approaches in their organisation eg teachers, NHS managers, magistrates, probation staff, police and other criminal justice professionals who encounter offending behaviour and want to find out more about restorative justice.

Restorative Justice Skills Training (4 days)

Date: 8, 9, 22, 23 February 2018. Please contact us to register your interest.
Location: West London
30 hours over 4 full days in attendance.

Delegates who wish to obtain the accredited RJ practitioner qualification must complete additional, assessed, written work in the weeks following attendance.


This course teaches the practice of restorative approaches. These can be used in a range of settings where harm has been experienced to restore balance. This includes the criminal justice system among victims and offenders, in youth work, education and faith groups. It is suitable for prison staff, police officers, youth workers, mentors, teachers, faith leaders and others. The course is at entry-level, suitable for those who want to learn the skills to facilitate direct and indirect approaches.

Content includes:

  • understanding the principles of RJ
  • working with victims and offenders
  • preparing participants for RJ conference
  • conference skills practice (co-facilitation in pairs)
  • indirect restorative approach (shuttle/letters)
  • risk and safety assessments.

On the last day, the practical assessment tests the skills required of a RJ facilitator in realistic cases role-played by experienced practitioners.

Our RJ Skills qualification is accredited by the Open College Network. Delegates who successfully complete the additional written work required for this qualification will be awarded 6 Credits at OCN Level 3.


There are 2 options:

1. Attendance Certificate – £595

Suitable for individuals’ personal interest and development, or for those who want to improve their work-related skills.

2. Fully Accredited RJ Practitioner– £750

Candidates complete 10 written assignments within three months following the course.  These consolidate your learning and enhance the self-reflection of your practice. Candidates who pass both the practical and written elements will be awarded the OCN accredited RJ practitioner qualification.

Calm Mediation’s RJ course is subsidised by the BIG Lottery.

The fee includes all course materials, lunch, the practical assessment and subsequent written feedback.

How to apply:

Our courses are open to anyone but places are limited. We ask applicants to complete a form and attend a short interview. Please read our guidance on the Skills & Qualities of an RJ Facilitator.

Please contact us to register your interest

Please do not apply if you are unable to attend all 4 days of the course!