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Training in Mediation and Restorative Justice


Training in Mediation and Restorative Justice

Erasmus+ KA226 VET Strategic Partnership

2020-1-IT02-KA204-080081 MEDIAREJ

Over the last years various training proposals related to Restorative Justice (RJ) and mediation have been developed.
Some of them tend to train mediators as individual professionals with postgraduate courses, some others form groups of mediators linked to specific communities.

The MEDIAREJ project aims to take stock of various training methods and implement them through joint staff training and work on innovative IOs in 4 European countries, establishing a network among trained professionals and organisations:

ISTITUTO JACQUES MARITAIN – Italy is a non-profit association based in Trieste and committed to the promotion and study of man and his life in society. The institute, which takes its name and a source of inspiration from the French philosopher Jacques Maritain, has been active for more than a decade through its many initiatives, mostly focusing on intercultural dialogue and peace, human rights, integration processes and the enlargement of the European Union , urban development and local governance, social and education science

The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) aims to help establish and develop high quality victim-offender mediation and other restorative justice practices in Europe. EFRJ is a non-profit, membership organization with almost 500 members (including researchers, practitioners, policymakers and about 80 organisations), mostly from Europe but also beyond. The EFRJ mostly focuses on the application of restorative justice to criminal matters; in recent years, other areas such as family, school and community restorative practices have been explored to prevent crime and violence to occur.

Professional Foundation is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit foundation, established in 1998 with a view to promoting high quality in education, intercultural tolerance and appreciation, life-long learning, human rights, fight against poverty and discrimination and social inclusion. It promotes: intercultural dialogue, networking at local and international levels, European cooperation, entrepreneurship, employability and gender equality

Àmbit is an association that has a team of 23 professionals and a large group of volunteers. Together, partners, workers and volunteers, we have been working for 23 years to build
bridges and pave the way for access to the socio-community life of prisoners and ex-prisoners and people with mental illness in prison, people who do not have a favourable social environment or immigrants who can only obtain prison permits through our endorsement. The mission is to propose ways that lead people to take their place in the world and accompany them on the chosen path whatever it is.

Nathan is a non-profit association that deals with social promotion and in particular with restorative justice and sustainable development. It is mainly aimed at promoting experimental actions and projects to support the development of restorative justice in Italy. Over the last three years, the organisation has dealt with topics such as RJ and bullying addressing them through activities carried out in schools at a local and regional level. Through these activities, the organisation has also contributed to resolving conflicts in the migration field and raising awareness on the RJ method for detainees and inmates.

Association for Creative Social Work (Udruga za kreativni socijalni rad) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998 with the aim to use creative social work as a tool for support and guidance to the disadvantaged groups in fulfilling their potentials through healthy lifestyles and choices. It focuses on issues related to children and youth from homes for children and youth without adequate parental care, institutions for youth with behavioural problems, or juvenile penitentiaries, or those from the families under supervision of centres for social welfare

This exchange is aimed at drafting agreed guidelines to clarify the essential requirements for the training of mediators and mediation trainers to operate effectively and efficiently. To reach the goal of shared guidelines, the exchange of experiences is essential, through targeted and periodic meetings.
It is necessary to become aware that mediation and RJ are primarily practical sciences.

There is a lot of diversity in this area, there are those who, for example, propose, as is the case in the University, postgraduate courses to train mediators. Objectives
The project aims to build and consolidate a network of:

1) trainers in mediation operating in existing centres;
2) mediators who work in restorative practices projects groups in their local areas;
3) mediation experts as academics and researchers, to encourage the exchange of practical mediation experiences, and in particular to discuss the specific aspects of each territory to provide training to mediators and to publish in scientific papers the best restorative practices or to criticize them.

Target Groups
The MEDIAREJ project will target trainers of mediators and mediators engaged in their territories to work in mediation centres and RJ, as well as university scholars and researchers.

The proposal aims to increase the number of people involved in restorative justice so that they become a stable point of reference in the various local areas.

The so trained mediators will then work in a team to implement RJ projects at the territorial level to involve people in restorative practice and disseminate the culture of humanistic mediation.