Last week, Victim Support Europe took part in a four-day training programme on victims’ rights and restorative justice, as part of the PROTECT project. The event was hosted by project partner Associazione Spondé in Viterbo, Italy.
PROTECT is an Erasmus+ project with as main goal to promote the victims’ rights protection (i.e. fostering victims’ social inclusion) through the implementation of restorative practices paths. In doing this, the project intends to improve the skills and competences of the trainers/operators of partners’ organisations working in the field of the restorative justice and of the support to the victims of crime.
This objective is pursued through the creation of a “peer-learning community”, among some of the EU countries having effectively implemented the Directive, where partners can actively exchange knowledge, develop common training methodologies, foster professional competences and discuss problematic issues.
To read more about the project, please visit the project website.
From the 27th to the 30th of September, project partners met for the second transnational training event in Viterbo, Italy. The first day of the programme was dedicated to highlighting two national perspectives– the Belgian and Italian frameworks for restorative justice. The following days were very interactive, as a variety of different activities were organised: a field visit, case-studies, roundtable discussions and presentations, as well as role-plays between the training participants to experience the restorative dialogue, the request of the offender and, consequently, how to approach the victims.
The training event facilitates and promotes the exchange of best practices and concrete tips between practitioners from different countries. Through bringing together various perspectives, the training participants are inspired as to how to implement restorative justice practices. We are already looking forward to the third and last transnational training activity next year!