Finally, the seminar will explore any gaps in the area of accreditation and standards of restorative justice. Pulling together the excellent work that has been done by a number of organisations will allow the movement to reflect on what has been done and, in consultation, decide what remains to be achieved.

.... It has been almost 3 years since the European Institute of Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) published Gavrielides T (2007) “Restorative justice theory and practice: addressing the discrepancy”. The book's fundings and recommendations were based on five surveys conducted over a period of 7 years some focusing on the use of restorative justice in the UK, others covering international practices and others examining serious and complex cases.

There is consensus in the literature that there is still a long way to go before the restorative justice movement can safely claim that its practitioners, researchers and policy makers are all moving in the same direction.

To collect new and additional evidence that will help bridge the persistent gap in the restorative justice movement, the project will carry out fieldwork in the form of a series of expert, international seminars. These will be carried out in partnership with the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University.

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