Restorative justice


Got questions about restorative justice training or accreditation? We answer common queries here. If you still have questions we'd love to hear from you.

Facilitator questions

  1. How do I know when my current accreditation is due to expire?
    You can login to see your accreditations and when they expire.

  2. I’ve been facilitating restorative justice conferences for years without being accredited. Why do I need to be accredited now?
    The contracts between Ministry of Justice and restorative justice Providers require that all facilitators are accredited or working towards accreditation. Restorative justice is important work and accreditation is a way of recognising the skill and expertise that facilitators bring.

  3. Can I apply for restorative justice accreditation without completing all the training?
    Some candidates will have significant prior experience or training that means they do not need to complete the 5 day course. Depending on their training and experience, candidates may be asked to complete training modules 1-5, 1-6 or 1-7 prior to assessment. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will exempt a facilitator from some, or all, of the facilitator training. They will however need to complete full accreditation assessment prior to accreditation and this includes completing the assessments for training modules 1-5.

  4. Am I a member of Resolution Institute?
    Some restorative justice facilitators are and we certainly welcome restorative justice facilitators as members. Holding a Resolution Institute restorative justice facilitator accreditation does not necessarily mean you are a member though. The contract we hold with the Ministry of Justice means that we provide accreditation and training services to restorative justice facilitators regardless of membership. You are welcome to join us as a member and we offer a reduced rate membership for accredited restorative justice facilitators. Find out about and apply for Restorative Justice Professional membership.

  5. What conferences can an assessor observe?
    Any conference that you are facilitating or co-facilitating where the victim and offender agree to have an assessor present as an observer. Don’t be concerned about the complexity of the case for assessment – sometimes simple cases turn out to be complex anyway and in reality sometimes complex cases are the best way to show your facilitation skills. Your assessor will talk to you more about this when they make contact.

  6. My restorative justice facilitator accreditation expired several years ago. Can I renew it or do I have to reapply for accreditation?
    You only need to have a full assessment for accreditation if your accreditation expired more than 3 years ago. If your accreditation expired more than 12 months ago we will usually ask you to have a professional conversation with one of our assessors to renew your accreditation.

  7. I already have restorative justice facilitator accreditation, how do I get endorsed for working with family violence cases?
    You can apply for specialist endorsement. You will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient experience and training in family violence and generally this will mean either training or experience from outside of restorative justice work as well as experience in co-facilitating restorative justice conferences with an experienced family violence facilitator. As you already have restorative justice facilitator accreditation you will only need to be assessed for specialist endorsement by professional conversation.

  8. I have worked in the family violence sector for many years, why do I need to do restorative justice facilitator accreditation as well as specialist endorsement?
    Facilitator accreditation assessment checks that you have the knowledge and skills with the restorative justice process, as well as the specialist skills for working with family violence/sexual violence.

  9. Can I co-facilitate specialist family violence or sexual violence cases?
    The Ministry of Justice contract with Providers requires that
    All Facilitators delivering Pre-Conferences or Conferences relating to Family Violence cases must be Family Violence Accredited or Family Violence Endorsed by the Purchasing Agency (or its agent). Facilitators who... do not have the required endorsement... cannot provide services unless supervised by a fully accredited or endorsed Facilitator. “Supervised” means the observation and directing of a trainee Facilitator by another fully accredited or endorsed Facilitator. This shall be an intensive form of oversight that includes that the fully accredited or endorsed facilitator must remain present with the trainee at all times during any Pre-conference, Conference or similar engagements.
    This means that you can co-facilitate a specialist case if you are working with a endorsed facilitator who is supervising your work.

  10. Why do I have to submit a conference report to become accredited as a restorative justice facilitator?
    Report writing is an important part of restorative justice. Reports are what judges see as the result of a restorative justice referral, so it is important that they are professional. A good idea is to review training Module 6: Restorative justice conference reports; Te Tuhinga. You could also talk to your provider manager about what support or professional development will assist you to develop your report writing skills.

  11. My colleagues and I get together each month for a team meeting. Does this count as CPD for renewal?
    This would depend on the purpose of getting together and what you cover at the meetings. If you discuss practice issues and use it as an opportunity to share practice learning then it may apply as informal CPD.

  12. My provider is organising a discussion session on the impact of family violence on children. Can I count this as CPD for renewal?
    Yes. If it is a discussion and information sharing session it would be informal CPD. If an expert was coming in to present or run an interactive workshop it would be considered formal CPD.

  13. I’m no longer working with the Provider that I worked with when I was accredited. Am I able to renew my accreditation?
    If you don’t intend to continue as a restorative justice facilitator then you don’t have to renew. If you are working with another provider or thinking about this then you are able to (and should) renew your accreditation.

  14. I haven’t facilitated enough conferences to renew my accreditation. What do I do?
    You could talk to your Provider manager about getting more opportunities to facilitate conferences. You can also talk to us about other experience that is directly relevant that we could consider to be practice hours. For instance if you have been doing other restorative work, are an assessor and are involved in conferences that way, or you also mediate and gain relevant experience through mediation work.

  15. Does my conference report for assessment need to have been from a real case?
    The report you submit for accreditation assessment needs to be from a real conference that you co-facilitated.

  16. Can an assessor observe a conference without victim and offender support people?
    Assessors need to ensure that conference planning meets the Ministry of Justice practice standards which include requirements for support people. Simply put, support people for victim and offender are encouraged in standard cases and required for family violence cases, except in exceptional cases where the exceptional circumstances and rationale for them must be documented. Assessors can only observe a conference that meets these requirements.

  17. I'm applying for FV endorsement. Do the risk assessment and safety plan documents need to be written by me, or could my co-facilitator have written them?
    The conference report you submit does need to be your own, however the other pre-conference documents could have been lead by your FV accredited co-facilitator. You will though need to provide risk assessment, conference safety plans and other documents that you have been responsible for so that the assessor can see that you demonstrate competence in this area. If you are applying for restorative justice facilitator accreditation and the assessor will be observing you facilitate a conference, you will need to provide pre-conference documentation for this case so assessor can assess these.
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Provider questions

  1. How often does the induction training course run?
    The training course is funded to run twice per year. It normally happens May and November and these are scheduled well in advance. To be considered for a place, trainees must successfully complete all pre-course modules at least a month in advance of training.
    See course dates and deadlines

  2. Can trainees ask for help writing their conference reports for assessment?
    We encourage trainees who are finding writing conference reports for Module 6 or for accreditation assessment to talk to their provider managers about getting some support with report writing skills. It is important though that the reports submitted for assessment are the work of the facilitator themselves.

  3. What are the supervision requirements for facilitators working towards accreditation?
    Facilitators who are working towards accreditation need mentoring and support from an experienced facilitator to help them develop their skills and get ready for accreditation. The Ministry of Justice also has specific requirements for accreditation of facilitators in their contracts with Providers. See our accreditation guide for more information.

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