An international association dedicated to restorative justice has launched its new branch in Brisbane.
Restorative Practices International launched it’s Queensland chapter earlier this month, celebrating nearly 15 years of support for restorative justice professionals around the world.
Dr Hennessey Hayes, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice said the new chapter will offer improved opportunities within Queensland to support members who resolve conflict by involving wrongdoers, victims and the community in the justice process.
More than 100 people attended the launch of the association, including judges, Members of Parliament, lawyers, police, teachers, academics and other restorative justice practitioners working in justice, education and other sectors.
It was launched by His Honour Judge John Robertson, former President, Children’s Court of Queensland.
Guest speaker Associate Professor Pamela Snow, from Monash University, spoke about oral language competence and vulnerability in early life and the lessons learned from young offenders.
Dr Hayes said the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice sponsored the launch in recognition of its strong research program in the area and the benefits the new chapter will provide for practitioners at a local level.
For more information about Restorative Practices International visit www.rpiassn.org.