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Our Aim

Aim: To promote restorative justice philosophy and restorative practices across all aspects of life and society.

'Restorative Justice works to resolve conflict and repair harm. It encourages those who have caused harm to acknowledge the impact of what they have done and gives them an opportunity to make reparation. It offers those who have suffered harm the opportunity to have their harm or loss acknowledged and amends made.'

Restorative Practices Forum (NI)

Our Membership

Our History

The Forum began life as the Restorative Justice Working Group in 1994 formed following a Restorative Justice Conference that year.  The group aimed to establish restorative justice as an integral part of the criminal justice system and not just as an adjunct to it.

Following the “10 Years On” conference organised by the RJWG in 2004, the group re-established itself as a Forum, reflecting a change in emphasis, acknowledging that the day to day work is now being done by a wide range of organisations and sectors.

Provision of an independent, neutral space in which restorative justice thinking, practice and developments can be discussed, analysed and explored.

Promotion of learning through seminars, conferences, research, and the dissemination of information.

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Voluntary/Community sector

Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI)

Consensus Restorative Justice & Mediation


Family Group Conference (NI)


Northern Ireland Alternatives

Prison Fellowship NI

Quaker Service


Restorative Practices Ireland (RPI)

Victim Support NI

Statutory Sector

Commission for Victims & Survivors

Department of Justice NI

Law Society

NI Prison Service

Police Service NI

Probation Board NI

Public Prosecution Service NI

Youth Justice Agency NI

Education and Training

Education Authority

Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast

Priory Integrated College, Holywood

St Malachy’s High School, Castlewellan

Time-Out Assessment Centre

Queen’s University Belfast

Ulster University

Judiciary & Magistracy

Retired Resident Magistrate

Retired Judge


Consensus NI Restorative Solutions

Netcare NI


The Forum is closely associated with Restorative Practices Ireland

The Forum’s Events Planning Sub Group set up a meeting in September 2012 with practitioners and colleagues from across Ireland to ascertain if there was an appetite for an all-island conference to run during International Restorative Justice Week 2013.  This resulted in the birth of the Restorative Connections Planning Group which went on to develop the concept and plan logistics for a major all Ireland Conference attended by 150 people from across Ireland in November 2013 in Dundalk.

All-Ireland approach

Current Sub-Groups

Events Planning Sub-Group & Education Sub-Group

Our Method

2019 Restorative Practices International Conference

Bringing 25 Years of Learning into

the Future

Since then, further seminars have been held

  1. -Restorative Connections Education Symposium, 20th April 2018, Newry.

   Symposium Report:   Irish News 24 apr 18.docx

  1. -Restorative Justice: Meeting the needs of victims of crime?26th May 2015, The Probation Service Headquarters, Haymarket Dublin 7. Victim Seminar Report May 2015.doc Restorative Justice: Empowering, Effective, Engagement with Young People, 1st October 2015. The Redeemer Family Resource Centre Dundalk.

  2. -Young People Seminar Report - Oct 2015.pdf 

  3. -2nd all Ireland Conference: The second all Ireland Conference was held on 25th-26th May 2016 at the Institute of Technology, Dundalk

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Documents and more


Mapping Report -

Restorative Practices in Northern Ireland, Nov 2010

Restorative Justice -

A Guide For Young People

Knowledge Exchange Report -

02-04 April 2019

Ulster University