Centre for Law, Crime & Justice

The Law School, Strathclyde University

Victims' Experiences of Restorative Justice: What Works for Victims and  What Doesn't?

Thursday 18th April 3.30-5pm

CW 408, Cathedral Wing, Strathclyde University, 199 Cathedral Street Glasgow G4 0QU

Tim Chapman, Chair of the European Forum for Restorative Justice


Research shows that victims are marginalised in the criminal justice system. Restorative Justice is promoted as a victim-sensitive way of helping victims to move forward. Yet while Restorative Justice offers a new and radical way of forward, do current restorative practices do enough to enable victim participation? Are victims as fully engaged in Restorative Justice as they could be, or, does current restorative practice tend still to be oriented towards those who have caused the harm? 

In this seminar, the internationally-leading thinker in Restorative Justice, Tim Chapman, discusses the findings of his recent research. It will also examine whether forgiveness occurs.

Join Tim Chapman to explore the implications for the future of Restorative Justice and practices, as well as victim participation.

Tim Chapman is one of the world’s most eminent thinkers and trainers in Restorative Justice. The Chair of the Board of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, he is widely sought after as a trainer, adviser and speaker.

With extensive experience in the Northern Ireland Probation Service, Tim has also trained serious politically motivated prisoners in restorative practices in order to move them away from violence. Tim has also trained more than 40 prison officers in restorative practices and this is having a gradual impact on the culture of prisons in Northern Ireland. In 2014 Tim Chapman completed a research project into the training of judges and prosecutors in restorative justice. This led directly to a new initiative to extend restorative justice to adults within the Northern Irish court system.

Tim is a key architect of the internationally-admired practice guidelines for the Restorative Youth Conference scheme in Northern Ireland. Tim also led a major six-country European research programme examining the contribution of restorative justice to justice and security experienced by communities affected by conflict in an intercultural.

Tim Chapman leads Strathclyde University’s Restorative Justice & Practices Foundation Skills Intensive Programme, which takes place at Strathclyde in two parts 20-21st May and 10-12th June 2019. https://bit.ly/2Ffskwk     

Q &A and discussion with the audience

  1. 5 hours CPD for most justice professionals