Preventing violent radicalisation in criminal justice settings: A Restorative Justice approach

This e-course aims to train professionals working in formal (e.g. prisons, probation, police) and informal (e.g. in the community) criminal justice settings on how to prevent violent radicalisation. The ecourse focuses on developing professionals’ skills, knowledge and confidence in using restorative justice, trauma-informed practice and dialogue-based approaches when working with individuals who are at risk of being involved or exposed to violent radicalisation. It also aims to build the capacities across-sectors for better cross-agency cooperation in the fight against extremism. This e-course if provided as part of the Erasmus+ funded project “Restorative Dialogue Against Violent Radicalisation”.

The e-course has six modules leading to its learning outcomes. It has been prepared by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership comprising of the coordinator, the RJ4All International Institute (UK), and partners: Tuzla Halk Eğitimi Merkezi (Turkey), Sinergia s.c.s (Italy), CASA ESLAVA (Spain), Bosev (Turkey),  CPIP (Romania), I&F (Ireland). The course convener is Prof. Theo Gavrielides.

Certification, Accessibility and supporting material

Successful completion will lead to CPD (Continuous Professional Development) Certification (18 points). The e-course can be paused as many times as needed. It takes approximately 12 non-stop hours to fully complete all modules and take the CPD test. Additional reading materials are also provided for optional further learning and research.

The e-course includes software that make it accessible in various languages as well as for those with visual and hearing impairments. This course interactive tools are based on H5P. To learn more; overview of the accessibility of the various H5P content types.

The e-course is supported by a FREE training handbook that can be downloaded from here: Restorative justice & Violent Radicalisation in criminal justice settings. A training handbook

We are also happy to provide this e-book for free Restorative justice & Violent Radicalisation in criminal justice settings: a comparative overview from the UK, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Ireland and Romania

Target Groups

  • Professionals (including volunteers) working in formal and informal criminal justice settings
  • Restorative justice practitioners and researchers
  • Youth workers
  • Social inclusion and human rights organisations and professionals
  • Schools and other educational services and providers
  • Public sector professionals working on issues of crime prevention and control
  • Policy makers and researchers in the areas of justice.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the e-course, the following learning outcomes should have been achieved:

  • an overview of the violent radicalisation and the extremism phenomena in Europe, highlighting key challenges posed by both threats while outlining some inspiring practices
  • present a brief history of restorative justice and theory
  • highlight the main principles of restorative justice theory and the Good Lives Model.
  • present how restorative justice theory and the Good Lives Model can be applied to the professional practice of restorative dialogue against violent radicalisation.
  • the main aspects of the practical application of restorative justice, possible strategic approaches, distinguishing elements, and characteristics, purposes and methods of implementation of the most commonly used practices
  • present a framework supporting the role of communities in the prevention and countering of violent radicalisation and extremism
  • introduction into accountability and commitment-driven communication approaches
  • being able to systematise a practical model of engagement that can enhance civic society skills and the capacity to prevent and counter radicalisation
  • Understanding the relation between emotional intelligence, resilience, neurodiversity and violent radicalisation including issues around mental health
  • Multi-disciplinary understanding & practice in risk assessment & intervention
  • Introduction into Trauma-Informed Practice and maladaptive psychological & behavioural practices and related studies in restorative justice.


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