Source: (2008) Report of the fifth conference of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, Building restorative justice in Europe: cooperation between the public, policy makers, practitioners and researchers, Verona.

Northern Ireland’s success in moving restorative justice from the margins to the mainstream in the way both the state and the community engage with young people who offend in Northern Ireland may be unique in the world. This is in part due to new policies emerging from the political peace process. It is also due to the commitment of individuals and organisations and their success in overcoming public and institutional resistance. Representatives from the community, the Police Service and the Youth Justice Agency will identify the mechanisms for overcoming the key obstacles to the development of restorative practices and those in developing best practice. When striving to establish and sustain radical new practices, the University representative will explain the importance of robust research based practice models, of highly skillful practitioners who have participated in accredited training and of research into outcomes. (excerpt)