Resolution Institute conference

Spotlight on practice

16–17 October 2019, Wellington NZ

A facilitated conversation about the role of support people in Restorative Justice

facilitated by Jon Everest

An opportunity to hear and take part in a reflective conversation about the role of support people in Restorative Justice.

The session will provide a safe and structured forum to share perspectives from practitioners, trainers, researchers and the Ministry of Justice based around the following questions:

  • What part do support people play in restorative justice philosophy?
  • Why are support people seen as fundamental in family violence cases?
  • What makes a support person effective and how can you assess their likely effectiveness?
  • What role do whānau/family play in support?
  • How do you effectively include and utilise support people in a restorative process?
  • What is sufficient support, particularly in family violence cases?
  • What situations would constitute ‘exceptional circumstances’ where a family violence conference might go ahead without the required support people?
  • How do you address the situation where participants don’t want, or don’t have, support people?
  • How can we access suitable support for offenders in custody?