Irish Penal Reform Trust

Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change

14th June 2019

In collaboration with nine other European countries, Ireland is participating in a new cross-European venture entitled ‘Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change’. The purpose of the project is twofold:

  • to contribute towards refocusing European criminal justice systems, agencies, policies and practices around restorative principles and processes; and
  • to determine how the Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec (2018) concerning restorative justice in criminal matters could be used to support this work.

The purpose of the strategy is to help embed restorative justice and restorative practices within the Irish criminal justice system, building on existing practices and stimulating new work to fill gaps in policy and practice.

The first output from the four-year project is available on the Probation Service website here.

If you have any questions, or would like to join the Stakeholder Group, you can email Dr. Ian Marder at

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