The first restorative justice training for University of Kent staff, funded by the Research Impact Fund and the Student Engagement Fund 2021/22, took place this summer.
The training is the first step toward the establishment of a Restorative Justice Clinical Program, a cross-campus suite of innovative practice-based learning activities on restorative justice led by Dr Giuseppe Maglione, Lecturer in Criminology.
The program also includes the creation of the Restorative Justice Clinic, the first in the UK, where trained students will deliver a service (restorative justice) pro bono to the community.
The staff training was led by third-sector organisation Salus, a certified restorative justice provider. The eight staff members who received the training will also contribute to the running of the clinical program which will equip our students with both critical and employment skills.
Dr Caroline Chatwin a member of staff who completed the training said “The recent restorative justice training provided a valuable opportunity to learn practical facilitation and mediation skills that will allow the development of restorative justice as a key strand of the work of the Kent Criminology Team, while also informing our wider divisional pedagogy”.
If you’d like to know more about the programme, please email Dr Giuseppe Maglione.