As part of IARS effort to use MEREPS findings to influence national and European policy and restorative justice practice, Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Director and UK lead for the MEREPS project will present its findings at a national conference in June.
The final report is now in production and will be launched at a national MEREPS conference in 2012.
IARS presents new findings on restorative justice in the juvenile secure estatePressures to reduce spending and cut crime have meant that restorative justice approaches are being welcomed in attending to the growing problems of crime, anti-social behaviour and reoffending.
However, work still needs to be done to ensure that restorative justice is robust and effective enough to meet both public and criminal justice needs.With widespread reforms across the public sector, hearing examples of best practice at national and local levels is a sure and effective way of interpreting current restorative justice approaches, and to raise awareness of improving practice.
This forum will examine the realities of delivering restorative approaches in a new financial year, including; practices to harness the power of communities; working in partnership; and developing restorative justice across all sectors and parts of the community.
Confirmed speaker at this forum is Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Executive Director of Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS).
Dr. Gavrielides will be covering the following session points:
Findings from the European Union funded project Mediation and Restorative Justice in Prison Settings (MEREPS) run by IARS.
Restorative justice, punishment and imprisonment: how reconcilable are they? The picture of restorative justice in the juvenile secure estate.
Creating and implementing a national restorative justice strategy in the juvenile secure estate.
Other confirmed speakers include:
Lizzie Nelson, Director, Restorative Justice Council.
Garry Shewan, Assistant Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police and ACPO Lead for Restorative Justice.
Selwyn Morgans, Service Manager for Residential Services, Children & Young People's Services, Durham County Council.