2019 Conference



Charity Registration Number: NIC 102457    Registered as a company Limited by Guarantee in Northern Ireland Number: NI063929

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

  1. -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.

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

Law Society

NI Prison Service

Police Service NI

Probation Board NI

Public Prosecution Service NI

Youth Justice Agency NI

Education and Training

Education Authority NE Region

Queen’s University Belfast

Ulster University

Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast

Priory Integrated College, Hollywood

Judiciary & Magistracy

Resident Magistrate

Retired Judge


Consensus NI

Restorative Solutions

Netcare NI


The Forum is closely associated with Restorative Practices Ireland

Current Sub-Groups

Events Planning Sub-Group, Research Sub-Group & Education Sub-Group

Events To Date

  1. -Restorative Practice in Education Symposium.  20th April 2018, City of Newry

  2. -Restorative Justice: Meeting the needs of victims of crime?6th May 2015, The Probation Service Headquarters, Haymarket Dublin 7. Victim Seminar Report May 2015.doc

  3. -Restorative Justice: Empowering, Effective, Engagement with Young People, 1st October 2015. The Redeemer Family Resource Centre Dundalk. Young People Seminar Report - Oct 2015.pdf

  4. -2nd all Ireland Conference: The second all Ireland Conference was held on 25th-26th May 2016 at the Institute of Technology, Dundalk


Mapping Report -

Restorative Practices in NI, Nov 2010

Restorative Justice-

A Guide For Young People


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.

Our History

The RPF(NI) (formerly the Restorative Justice Forum) has brought a wide range of people and organisations together over the past 25 years to promote restorative justice, to offer opportunities to share best practices and to support research. It can claim that it has contributed to the rapid expansion of restorative practices over the past 20 years and to Northern Ireland’s international reputation for high quality and innovative restorative approaches in a variety of sectors.

This conference will provide an opportunity to bring together policy makers, practitioners and researchers from throughout the island of Ireland and visitors from Britain, Europe and beyond.

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Social Workers can obtain PiP credits from the Social Care Council and Solicitors will be eligible for CPD points from the Law Society

Restorative Practices Knowledge Exchange 2019