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User-led Training

Background: Having being piloted to over 1000 practitioners across the UK and Europe this training has been developed to equip professionals with the tools and knowledge that they need to conform with the new Victims' Directive focusing on its restorative justice requirements. It will also increase their knowledge on how to treat and interact with victims.


The training programme is certified (20 CPD points), and it is the output of the two year EU funded project “Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims And Empowering Professionals”,(RJE) that aims to facilitate the implementation of the EU Victims' Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.


Trainers: The evidence–based training programme has been developed in collaboration with Ben Lyon - Restorative Justice Practitioner and Researcher. Ben Lyon has prolonged experience in the development and delivery of restorative justice programmes and training, he has worked closely with Professor Theo Gavrielides, a restorative justice expert, to deliver this timely package. We are also grateful to Gabrielle Browne, a victim whose advice and direction helped us shape the programme.

CPD accredited face to face training session on Gender Sensitivity in the Asylum Process. This evidence-based, user-led awareness raising programme for professionals and service providers is focused on the impact of gender-based violence on refugee and asylum-seeking women, and the need for a gender-sensitive treatment of this group. The seminar is CPD accredited.


The training is delivered by Dr Natalia Paszkiewicz, IARS Projects Coordinator (Equalities), and refugee and asylum-seeking women involved in the Comic Relief funded Abused No More project.

Youth-led training for young people [ongoing]

On behalf of IARS, Dr. Gavrielides developed and delivered a training and skills development programme focusing on legal skills for young people. The youth led programme was delivered with a number of partners (PLEnet, Law Works, Law Centres Federation and young people from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds received this training and skills development programme.

The training programme covers:

Objective: Probation services’ practitioners (frontline staff and managers) to further develop their skills and knowledge on how to involve BAME users in the planning and delivery of probation services with the view to developing criminal justice services that respond to the real needs of BAME users (victims and offenders).


Background: The probation service in England and Wales as well as the criminal justice system in Britain are going through some fundamental reforms. At this critical point in time issues around race, disproportionality and the quality of criminal justice services that are being provided to Black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups need to be looked at. This evidence-based training is part of IARS’ Race in Probation programme focused on developing innovative approaches to the resettlement of BAME offenders. The research which is the basis for the training was conducted with BAME staff and offenders, and produced a number of recommendations focusing on BAME service user involvement in the planning and delivery of probation services.


Trainers: This user-led training is delivered by Dr. Natalia Paszkiewicz, IARS Projects Coordinator (Equalities) and a probation user from BAME background. It is supervised by IARS Founders and Director, Dr. Theo Gavrielides.



Training for organisations working with young people [ongoing]

In consultation with young people, Dr. Gavrielides has developed on behalf of IARS bespoke training that aims to support organisation working with young people including public services, civil society organisations and policy bodies functioning locally, nationally and internationally. The key objective of the programme is towith introduce a youth-led element into their way of thinking, research and policy work. 


IARS'  Training Programmes consist of the following modules and can be tailored to an organisations' needs. Click on each link to learn in detail about each module.

  • Active Young Citizens: training young people how to become more active in their communities.

  • Employment Law Training: empowering young people to understand the civil justice system and develop skills, attitudes and knowledge around employment law.

  • Police Powers: Making sense of and understanding interactions with the police, and development of skills and attitudes to foster better relations with the police.

  • Housing Rights: Understanding the law, leasing contracts and developing skills to better handle acquiring local authority housing or settling landlord/tenant disputes.

  • Human Rights: developing an understanding of the Human Rights Act 1998 and how to apply the principles in every day life.

  • Research Methods: For young people or professionals who work with young people. This module develops knowledge around research theory and practical application.

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