EFRJ Summer School 2017Our friends at the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) are organizing their seventh biannual summer school July 24-28, 2017 at the monastery of St. Abbondio in Como, Italy, in partnership with the University of Insubria. This year’s theme is "Restorative justice in serious crime: Good quality standards and effective services." The topic has been chosen for its alignment with the EFRJ’s agenda in the coming years to ensure that every person in Europe has a right to access restorative justice services in any criminal case at any stage of the criminal process.

The Summer School 2017 will provide a safe and inspiring space for participants to gain knowledge and practice advanced skills to benefit victims and offenders. Events include presentations and practical exercises on the use of restorative justice in cases of homicide, sexual abuse, political crime and offenders with mental disabilities.

The early bird registration fee closes April 30. The whole training will be held in English (with informal translation provided in Italian/French/Spanish). The entire program, along with biographies of the presenters, can be found on the EFRJ website.

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In his latest post, IIRP President Dr. John W. Bailie challenges educators to remember that the power of restorative practices for school climate change rests in providing both support and discipline, love and limits.

Students at Carbondale Middle SchoolIn this 20-minute video, staff, students and administrators at Carbondale Middle School, Carbondale, Illinois, share the restorative approach they are taking to improving school climate.

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In the "President's Blog," IIRP President John W. Bailie, Ph.D., shares his thoughts on a variety of topics relevant to leadership, social innovation and education. In this piece, Dr. Bailie offers some advice for teachers and administrators implementing restorative practices in schools.

Tim Chapman2016 was a watershed year for world politics, says Tim Chapman, a member of the board of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, a teacher for the Master in Restorative Practices at Ulster University (Northern Ireland) and a featured presenter at the upcoming IIRP Europe conference. Between the U.K.’s Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump in the U.S., as well as the threat of terrorism and the international refugee crisis, Chapman believes this is a critical moment for society. He will invite attendees at the IIRP Europe conference, Conflict in Europe: Meeting the Challenge, in Dublin, May 9-10, 2017, to reflect critically on their own values, principles and practice, and ask themselves if they are truly meeting the needs of the moment.

Jeff-Sprague-Jane-Riese.pngThe International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School has encouraged national leaders to collaborate to improve school climate in schools. Pilot projects and research studies have begun to examine the effectiveness of initiatives to integrate an array of programs. The first article in this series looks at a National Institutes of Justice-funded research study on the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) with Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP).


Indigenous Circle Crop2With over 400 restorative justice programs across the country, IIRP Canada aims to bring together leading practitioners to envision a new justice paradigm.

Jo BerryIn this short video excerpt, IIRP Europe conference featured presenter Jo Berry briefly describes the importance of her 14-year friendship with Patrick Magee, a former member of the Irish Republican Army who claimed responsibility for planting a bomb that killed her father, a British Member of Parliament.

Rick PhillipsIn this guest post, Rick Phillips, Founder and Executive Director of Community Matters, talks about the importance of getting the support of parents and families when instituting restorative practices using a wide range of communication channels.

newspapers1As tensions across Europe heighten around the association of Muslims with terrorism, the RecoRa Institute works directly with youth at risk of becoming extremists to reduce violence and transform lives.