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Restorative Practices Aotearoa with support from the Todd Foundation, is providing low cost professional development around child-centred restorative practice over Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June 2019 in Christchurch.

This is an interactive learning opportunity with guest speakers, which will support the transfer of knowledge into your work with tamariki and rangatahi.   

This professional development opportunity is limited to 25 participants.  Enrolment is open now! Enrolment will close on Wednesday 22nd May. We will confirm enrolments by end of May.

What is child centred restorative practice?

Child centred restorative practice is focused on effectively engaging and supporting tamariki and rangatahi to be part of a restorative justice process.  It is about their voice, their safety and providing opportunities to whānau to support their participation.  It is also about collaborating across sectors to improve outcomes for tamariki and rangatahi.

The Children’s Action Plan makes clear that the children’s workforce needs skills, values and knowledge so that they can identify, support and protect vulnerable children.  For restorative justice this means providing a safe, robust process that involves tamariki and rangatahi in decisions that affect them.  It also means working in a collaborative, inclusive and developmental way with tamariki and rangatahi.

The context in how we support tamariki and rangatahi is further informed by:

  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Children’s Workforce Core Competency Framework
  • Restorative Justice Best Practice Framework
  • Children’s Action Plan
  • Domestic Violence Act 1995
  • Vulnerable Children Act 2014
  • Oranga Tamariki Act 1989

What is the professional development?

We will be providing a low cost professional development opportunity in Christchurch over the 27th and 28th June 2019 to support how we work with tamariki and rangatahi across restorative justice settings. There are also online Learning Hubs before and after the training, with the days and times to be confirmed.

This two day learning opportunity is focused on how professionals:

  • act in the best interests of the child
  • engage tamariki and rangatahi in decision making, when that decision may affect them
  • embrace culturally competent practice
  • work collaboratively with embedded networks and share information
  • understand the developing child
  • identify needs and respond to vulnerability
  • engage parents, whānau/ family and communities of care

What is a restorative justice process?

A restorative justice process occurs in the adult courts.  It is a “one off”, time-limited intervention of generally six to twelve weeks.  It can have profound impacts on tamariki and rangatahi, their whānau and their communities of care.  Working with tamariki and rangatahi therefore requires a thoughtful, safe and timely process to support good outcomes.

Who should attend?

This professional development is for endorsed restorative justice facilitators in family violence and/ or those with specialist sexual violence endorsement; facilitators with previous experience working with tamariki and rangatahi and/or professionals in social services and non government organisations who work with tamariki and rangatahi.

You may be interested in this professional development if you are:

  • a restorative justice facilitator or provider organisation
  • Lawyer for Child
  • an Oranga Tamariki Family Group Conference Coordinator
  • a Strengthening Families Coordinator
  • a member of a Children’s Team
  • a member of a non government organisation that works with tamariki and rangatahi.


There is a small cost involved in the training if you are not an RPA member. This is to be paid once you are confirmed as an attendee. The exact prices are below:

  • RPA Members: free
  • RJ Facilitators: $50
  • Non-RPA attendee: $100

To Register:

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Places are limited to 25 participants. 

If you have any questions email Kate O’Meeghan or call us on 0800 752 462.

Note: accommodation and travel costs are not part of this professional development.