CPD Accredited E-Course - Victims' Rights in Restorative and Criminal Justice

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The IARS International Institute is pleased to offer this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited, evidence- based, online course on victims' rights in restorative and criminal justice. The course aims to increase professionals’ knowledge and skills on victims' rights in restorative and criminal justice and ensuring that practices conform with the new EU Victims' Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. The course can be undertaken by professionals based in UK, Europe and internationally. 

All practitioners and professionals in contact with victims should be trained, including police, court staff, prosecutors, lawyers, judges, victim support and restorative justice services
(EC Victims' Directive, Article 25).

This 20 CPD points accredited online course was built through evidence from previous programmes that the IARS International Institute has run in consultation with key stakeholders, practitioners, victims and offenders in order to reflect their needs and expectations from the criminal justice system.

  • Objectives

    On completion of this course you will have knowledge about:

    • Best practice in delivering restorative justice safely for victims.
    • Sensitivities around victims, their needs and risks involved while delivering restorative justice.
    • The European Commission and the Victims’ Directive.
    • Rights of the victim and minimum safeguards during service provision.
    • The restorative justice Articles of the Victims’ Directive and their implications for best practice.
    • Implementing the Directive and legal consequences if breached.
    • Relating the Victims’ Directive material to your day to day practice.

  • Who Should Complete This Course

    The course is suitable for criminal justice professionals from around the world including prosecutors, judges, lawyers, police officers, prison and probation staff, restorative justice practitioners, third party key workers and anyone who is working directly with victims of crime and their families.

  • Accreditation & Certification

    The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (20 CPD learning points – Intermediate level). On completion of this course, you will be able to download a CPD Certificate of Completion awarded by Independent Academic Research Studies through The CPD Certification Service 

    "Specialised courses regarding the rights and needs of victims of crime should be offered as part of on-going professional development"
    (EC Victims' Directive)

  • Duration

    The course video runs for 40 minutes but there is no limit on how long you can take to complete the course and you can pause and control the speed of the course as needed. Follow up inquires and support are also provided upon request:

    • 1 week post completion
    • 1 month post completion
    • 6 months post completion

  • Cost & Accessing the Course

    To access the online training please complete a payment of £30 by clicking on the 'Add to Cart'  button below and following the prompts through to checkout. If you already have an IARS user account [FREE] please login first, or you can login during checkout. If you do not have a user account one will be created [FREE] during checkout and the details will be emailed to the email address you supply. Membership to the IARS website is FREE but we welcome donations in order to keep the website and its content open to everyone.

    You will need to be logged in to access the course after your payment has been received and the details have been emailed to you.

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Face to Face Training

We also deliver a more in-depth face to face training programme that builds on the knowledge and skills gained in this online course. This training can be purchased on an organisational basis and delivered in-house to up to 25 members of staff, or individuals may attend a number of open sessions which we hold in London throughout the year. Further details can be found here