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Restorative justice in New Zealand

What is restorative justice?

Who provides restorative justice?

How to train and become accredited as a restorative justice facilitator

Complaints about restorative justice facilitators

What is restorative justice?

Restorative justice is a process for resolving crime that focuses on redressing the harm experienced by victims, while also holding the offender to account for what they have done.

The process involves the victim and the offender coming face-to-face at a meeting called a restorative justice conference. This conference allows the victim to express how the offending has affected them, and allows all the people present to acknowledge the harm that has been caused.

For more information visit www.justice.govt.nz >>

Who provides restorative justice?

Restorative justice services are funded by the Ministry of Justice and delivered by community-based restorative justice providers. Providers contract or employ restorative justice facilitators to provide services. To ensure high standards RJ facilitators are required to complete facilitator induction training and work towards restorative justice facilitator accreditation. Resolution Institute in partnership with PACT provide this training and accreditation.

For more information including a list of Restorative Justice Providers visit www.justice.govt.nz >>

How to train and become accredited as a restorative justice facilitator

Training and accreditation is funded by the Ministry of Justice for facilitators working with a Ministry of Justice contracted provider group. There is a pathway to training and accreditation which consists of:

  1. Self-study pre-course modules
  2. A 5 day face-to-face training course
  3. Mentoring on the job with an experienced facilitator
  4. Accreditation assessment
  5. Maintaining and building competence through CPD and practice
  6. Renewal of accreditation

Complaints about restorative justice facilitators

Resolution Institute provides a complaint service for accredited restorative justice facilitators. Our role is to consider complaints that relate to professional practice of restorative justice facilitators. See our Compliments, suggestions and complaints policy