Alternatives to Detention and Restorative Justice

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Date of webinar: 
20 Feb 2020
Start and finish time of webinar: 
2pm CET
Ingrid van Welzenis
Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman (Northern Ireland) is the Chair of the Board of the European Forum for restorative Justice. Tim is an independent researcher and trainer in restorative justice. Through 10 years working at the University of Ulster teaching on the Masters programme in restorative practices, he has contributed to the development of restorative conferencing in both the voluntary and statutory sectors in Northern Ireland. Previously he spent 25 years working in the probation service and played an active part in developing effective practice in the UK particularly through the publication of ‘Evidence Based Practice’, written jointly with Michael Hough and published by the Home Office. His ‘Time to Grow’ model for the supervision of young people has influenced youth justice practices. He has published widely on restorative justice and effective practice. He has conducted significant research into restorative justice in Northern Ireland including the project ‘ALTERNATIVE’, which aimed at developing restorative approaches for strengthening justice and security in intercultural settings in Europe. He is currently engaged in work on the victims’ experiences of restorative justice, the conceptual basis of restorative practices, and restorative approaches to violent extremism. 

Ingrid van Welzenis holds a Master Degree in Child-Psychology and Juvenile Criminology and has a PhD in Juvenile Criminology as well. She worked for 15 years as researcher on child rights and juvenile justice issues at the Department of Law and Criminology, University of Leuven in Belgium. After her academic career, she became international consultant in justice for children, access to justice and child protection. She started as consultant for UNICEF-Bangladesh in 2003 and still lives in the capital Dhaka. During the last 16 years, she worked for UNICEF Headquarters, various UNICEF Regional Offices and UNICEF Country Offices, including in Europe, as well as for other international organizations such as UNODC, PRI and IDLO. Alternatives to detention for children in conflict with the law is one of her specializations. She has developed numerous training manuals for judges, prosecutors, police, social workers and other professionals working in (juvenile) justice systems and conducted many skills-focussed trainings for juvenile justice professionals. Currently, she is evaluating a diversion/restorative justice pilot in Egypt and scaling-up a diversion/restorative justice project in Liberia.

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About the webinar:

The United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Their Liberty reported that “there are still at least 410,000 children held in detention every year in remand centres and prisons. This does not include an estimated 1 million children held every year in police custody. The study proves that detention remains the sad reality of an estimated 160,000–250,000 children in remand centres and prisons worldwide on any given day.

According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, detention of children should be a measure of last resort, and all measures should be taken to ensure that the child’s best interests is taken into consideration. Nowadays, while legislative efforts certainly provide for alternatives to detention and restorative justice processes in various countries in Europe and worldwide, there are still too many children deprived of their liberty.

In this webinar, Terre des hommes invited two key experts Ingrid van Welzenis and Tim Chapman to discuss the benefits of alternatives to detention, the impact of community-based options and how restorative justice applied with children contribute to implementing more effective and efficient child-friendly justice processes.

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