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With the growing use of restorative justice in Europe, the creation of standards to ensure the integrity of restorative programmes and quality of practices are also being developed both by governments and civil society organizations.

Community Restorative Justice Ireland. Standards & values of restorative justice practice
This paper presents minimal benchmarks of practice for community restorative justice. Section I identifies standards of community restorative practice for programs, participants, and communities. Section II identifies fundamental concepts and values of community restorative justice practice: the meaning of crime; obligations and liabilities; and the goals of justice.
Dale, Christine and Carter, Ian and Hennessy, Julia. Family Group Conference and Young People Who Offend: Practice Standards
Outlines practice standards to apply to family group conferencing in Essex, England, including for the referral stage, writing the FGC report, meeting the victim, meeting the young person and family, contacting family members, liaison with key professionals/volunteers, arranging the venue, conducting the conference, the plan, and debriefing and contacting the participants following the conference.
Kearney, Niall and Petzold, Frauke. The Pros and Cons of Having European Standards for Practice and Training.
There has been phenomenal growth and development throughout the world in practices and processes which draw on restorative justice principles. Service provision has expanded beyond the criminal justice sector to the extent that restorative justice principles are applied to work in schools, disputes in the workplace, inter communal peace making, etc. This range of application is proof of the vitality and dynamism inherent in the concept of restorative justice. This welcome expansion, however, raises questions about regulation and consolidation. Issues arise concerning standards: how can we preserve fundamental values about restorative justice in a time of rapid change; how can we promote safe practice and maintain the confidence and credibility of other professionals in our application of restorative justice principles; how can we build a foundation for future development in this valuable area of work? (author's abstract)
Lawrence, Patrice and Wiffin, Jane. Family group conferences: principles and practice guidance.
Family group conferencing continues to increase in interest and use around the world. Such conferences are offered to families in a wide range of circumstances in England when decisions need to be made about the welfare of children. There is a wide range in usage by local authorities and local projects. Additionally, family group conferences are not available in all areas yet, though there may be interest in exploring the development of conferencing. Hence, Patrice Lawrence and Jane Wiffin have written this booklet with principles and practice guidance to foster good programs. The booklet should assist organizations in knowing and meeting certain standards in their conferencing programs, and it should assure families of the type and quality of programs they can expect.
Mark to help restorative schemes
from the article on The Star: Schemes which use restorative justice to bring victims and criminals together can now be judged against a series of a n ational standards and a quality mark. The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) has introduced the Restorative Service Quality Mark (RSQM) which is backed by the Ministry of Justice.
Mediation UK. Practice standards for mediators and the management of mediation services.
This document updates and replaces a similar set of standards published by Mediation UK in 1993. Some of the key purposes of the standards include improvement of mediation services, promotion of national criteria for assessing and accrediting mediation services, and protection of clients. The document consists of an introduction, a definition of mediation, information on Mediation UK, standards for mediators and mediation services, and an appendix. The standards for mediators and mediations services cover ethical values and guidelines for operations. The appendix lists skills and knowledge relevant to mediators.
Nicol, Billy. Best Practice for Restorative Justice within Restorative Justice Providers and the Scottish Children's Hearing System.
This workshop covered the attempt to evaluate the provision of restorative justice within the Children's hearing system and find ways of helping providers improve.
Pemberton, Antony and Blad, John. Implementing Restorative Justice in the Netherlands.
In comparison with other neighboring countries like Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom the development of restorative justice practices in the Netherlands lags behind. All though mediation in the field of civil law is widely practiced and experiments with mediation in criminal cases have been undertaken since the 1980’s the Netherlands still lacks a nationwide program for restorative justice. To facilitate the development of restorative justice in the Netherlands a group of academics, mediators and representatives of various organizations in the criminal justice system have founded the Platform for Mediation in Criminal Justice. One of the primary goals of the platform is to develop a set of standards and principals that can serve as guide for the implementation of restorative justice in the Netherlands and also lays the foundation for possible further legislation in this area. The Platform’s draft ‘Central document’ is the result of the deliberations and debate in the platform. The Central document is the proposed topic of the workshop. Representatives will present the key issues and participants will be asked to reflect on and discuss the choices the platform made on these topics. In particular attention will focus on the relationship with the criminal justice system, the standards for mediators and the position of victims. The input received from the participants will be used for the further development of the document which will be published at the end of 2006. (author's abstract)
Restorative Justice Consortium.. Statement of Restorative Justice Principles
This Statement of Principles derives from a development of an exercise undertaken by the Restorative Justice Consortium to revise the well recognised Standards for Restorative Justice. The Principles will provide the basis for a series of Principles in particular settings of practice, namely Adult Criminal Justice, Youth Criminal Justice, Schools, and Prisons. (excerpt)
Skills for Justice. National Occupational Standards for Restorative Justice. Consultation Draft.
This suite of National occupational Standards for Restorative Justice (RJ) has been prepared from material derived from three working group meetings comprising experienced RJ practitioners working in different RJ contexts. Also from the ‘Best Practice Guidance for Restorative Practitioners’ published in December 2004 by the Home Office. At this stage the National occupational Standards have not been grouped into Units, though the numbering (that follows the Functional Analysis, indicates a possible structure. This means that they are missing Unit Summaries. These will follow at the next draft stage and following consultation on the standards Included in this suite of standards are a range of Additional Units. It is considered that these will be helpful in building qualification structures for those working as specialists in the restorative justice field. At this stage these have not been modified and are in their current format. There is some overlap as, for example ‘Mediation’ is regarded as one form of restorative justice. (excerpt)
Training and Accreditation Policy Development Group. Best Practice Guidance for Restorative Practitioners to form the basis of training and accreditation
The training and accreditation group (the group) was invited by Paul Goggins to look at how high quality restorative justice practice could best be assured, through training and accreditation. The first six months of our work has been to identify the components which should form the basis for accreditation as a restorative justice practitioner. This definition of best practice forms the core of this report, and will inform the development of national occupational standards. (excerpt)
Training and Accreditation Policy Group. Best Practice Guidance for Restorative Practitioners and their Case Supervisors and Line Managers
The Training and Accreditation Policy Group was set up to advise the United Kingdom government on best practice, training, and accreditation for restorative justice. This document represents the final report of the Group. Based on the Group’s work over a period of time, including the production of an interim report earlier in 2004, this paper sets forth conclusions and recommendations for best practices for restorative justice practitioners. The conclusions and recommendations cover the rationale for training and accreditation, standards for practice, and means for assessing and certifying practitioners. The document also contains an updated suite of tools for guidance for restorative practitioners, their case supervisors, and line managers. It should be noted that the notion of restorative practice in the document refers to work which involves bringing victims/persons harmed, offenders/perpetrators, and others into dialogue with each other to resolve the harm. Hence, the approach and pertinent skills discussed in these pages are focused on victim-offender work.
Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. Good Practice Guidelines for Restorative Work with Victims and Young Offenders
As noted at the beginning of this document, the aims and objectives of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) are grounded in restorative justice. For example, key elements in those aims and objectives include involvement of victims of youth crime in the youth justice process, as well as assistance to victims to help them get over any harm resulting from the offense. The YJB has encouraged a variety of approaches to restorative practices, yet also has decided to set some standards for effective practice. This document, then, provides certain guidelines for good practices. Performance can be measured against these guidelines. The document consists of an introduction to the YJB and the rationale for guidelines; types of restorative practice; principles for restorative practice; steps in restorative processes; and the use of restorative approaches within the Crime and Disorder Act in England and Wales.

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