Restorative justice

Facilitator induction training

Restorative justice facilitator induction training helps you get ready to start on-the-job mentoring, working with victims and offenders and facilitating conferences.

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Who can train | What's involved | Course dates

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Who can do restorative justice facilitator training?

Trainees working with a restorative justice provider can begin facilitator induction training, starting with the self-study pre-course modules. It is important that trainees are already working with a provider organisation, as part of the pre-course mahi (work) includes observing a court-referred conference. See a list of restorative justice providers at justice.govt.nz.

To be considered for training, you will need to complete a training and mentoring form with your provider:

Training application form [DOC] SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

People who are not working with a restorative justice provider can complete and be assessed for self-study modules one to five independently. There is a small fee to be assessed for these modules.

Register to complete self-study modules independently

What does training involve?

Restorative justice facilitator induction training has two parts:

1. Seven self-study modules

2. A five-day training course

READ and download MODULES Begin Assessment One

Part 1: Self-study modules

There are seven pre-course modules. Modules one to five are assessed in an online quiz, module six involves a written report of a restorative justice conference you observe, and module seven involves a phone assessment with a trainer.

  • You can start the pre-course modules anytime. It is good to start early, as soon as you join a restorative justice provider. Start with module one.
  • Talk to your provider about observing a conference as soon as possible. You will need to observe a conference for module six.
  • Thoroughly read each module and complete the practice exercises before beginning each assessment.
  • Once you have completed the module one quiz assessment and submitted your application form, you will be sent access to the other module assessments.
  • You can work on module six and observe a conference as soon as you have completed module one.

Read and download modules | Watch module practice videos | Download report template | Begin assessment one

Part 2: Five-day training course

Facilitator training courses generally run twice each year, in Wellington and Auckland.

Training is free-of-charge if you are a facilitator for a Ministry of Justice contracted restorative justice provider. Provider organisations generally cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Discuss this with your provider organisation.

The training covers a lot of information (you'll get a workbook to take home with you) and provides lots of opportunities to practice skills and get feedback.

Courses run from Monday to Friday, between 8.30am-5.30pm. Trainees need to attend the full week. Lunch and refreshments are included.

"Absolutely superb course... intense, but by far the best training I have ever been on. The trainers were knowledgeable and humble. They kept us all interested and focused, and I feel completely ready to move on to learning more as I start conferencing."

Upcoming training course dates and deadlines

11-15 May 2020: Wellington

15-19 June 2020: Auckland

19-23 October 2020: Auckland

10 April
Final date for training and mentoring applications

17 April
Final date for training and mentoring applications
7 August
Final date for training and mentoring applications

24 April
Modules 1 to 5 completed
Module 6 report submitted

22 May
Modules 1 to 5 completed
Module 6 report submitted
28 August
Modules 1 to 5 completed
Module 6 report submitted
1 May
Completion of module 7
Email of acceptance to the course

5 June
Completion of module 7
Email of acceptance to the course

18 September
Completion of module 7
Email of acceptance to the course


Please note that all places on the May and June courses will be allocated by the Ministry of Justice after provider groups are notified of RFP outcomes in early April 2020. Places will be allocated in line with Ministry priorities to ensure the best service coverage from 1 July 2020.

Ready to begin your pre-course mahi?

Read and download modules Begin Assessment One