Social Integration

TReP - Professional Training in Restorative Practices

 

TReP - online training in Restorative Practice is a project implemented by an international partnership established between SOS Malta, The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), Partner Bulgaria Foundation, SGM Solutions & Global Media GmbH, Malta College of Arts Science and Technology and Brain Shuttle. The project is funded by the Erasmus Programme of the European Union.

 

The objective of the project is to create and test part-time online training course in Restorative Practices for a Level 5 Undergraduate Certificate, to propagate alternative conflict resolution and management procedures and restorative methods to help build social capital through strengthened relationship whilst preventing conflicts and minimising the occurrence of aggression, violence, bullying and other behaviours identified as risk factors.

Restorative practice methodology includes ‘the use of informal and formal processes that precede wrongdoing, those that proactively build relationships and a sense of community to prevent conflict and wrongdoing”, but has also a reactive dimension, with ‘formal or informal responses to crime and other wrongdoing after it occurs” (website of the International Institute of Restorative Practices, 2015-2016).

 

The project started with a research ‘Regional Report’, which includes a summary on the history and use of restorative practices in Malta, Ireland, Bulgaria, Spain and Germany, including a background on restorative justice. The summary fed into the course content and module development. The Launch of the Pilot Course took place on 29 October 2020 - The report may be found here.

 

The Pilot Course is currently underway with 36 enrolled participants. It is taking place over the course of 9 months over January - October 2021.

 

The success of the course will be evaluated through an evaluation report, which will serve to indicate the value that the course has had for the participants.

The course is targeting law enforcement officials, psychologists, social workers, teachers, and other professionals working with people, with the aim of improving the implementation of restorative practices at local level.