Volunteer Role Description
Role: Restorative Justice Facilitator
Responsible to: Restorative Justice Coordinator
Purpose of post: To facilitate a face to face meeting between a harmed
Person (the victim), and the person responsible for causing harm (the perpetrator), with the aim of both parties reflecting upon the incident and agreeing how amends can be made.
These interviews give both parties opportunities to ask questions of each other, they increase victim satisfaction and reduce re-offending.
- Individual interviews with all those involved to assess their suitability for a Restorative Justice meeting.
- To liaise with all involved partner agencies to share information and ensure suitability for the conference.
- To secure a suitable venue for the conference if in the community.
- Facilitate the face to face meeting in the form of a conference between the two parties and record the outcome.
- Complete follow up/after care support to the harmed person (the victim) and wrongdoer (the perpetrator).
- Undertake a debrief with the Restorative Justice Coordinator.
Experience and skills
- Excellent communication skills
- The ability to remain impartial and non judgmental
- Negotiating skills – encouraging, motivating, and supporting individuals in making positive life choices
- The ability to read body language and manage challenging situations
- To be able to complete the Restorative Justice paper to a satisfactory standard
- To contribute within organisational guidelines whilst using own initiative and self motivation
Restorative Justice Facilitator – Person Specification
|Attributes||E = Essential P = Preferred|
|Experience||Working in an environment, either in a paid or voluntary capacity or from personal experience, supporting vulnerable people, including those who have suffered as victims of crime.
Experience of working or engaging with partner agencies, both in the statutory and voluntary community sectors, ie, housing, benefits, social services, criminal justice system, community safety partners.
|Empathy – ability to listen impartially and without judgement
Negotiation skills – to encourage, motivate and support individuals in making positive life choices.
To engage within organisational guidelines whilst using own initiative and self motivation.
To operate flexibly and share skills and experience with Sussex Pathway’s and Victim Support’s volunteers and staff team.
To be pro-active and confident to act on behalf of Sussex Pathway’s and Victim Support’s mentees depending on need.
|Personal||Committed to working with prisoners and ex-prisoners and victims of crime
Inspiring and encouraging
Remaining impartial and objective
Problem Solving approach
Flexible and resilient
Self starter and persistent
A willing commitment to continued learning and development
If you would like to be considered for this position, please download the application form and equal opportunities and send it back to us.