RJ4All e-courses are put together by international experts in social sciences including youth studies, restorative justice, human rights, criminal justice and research methods. The material are the results of years’ of research and consultations with young people, victims, practitioners and users of the justice system from around the world.
The training material including the online tests form part of a formal CPD accreditation process, and as such they are reviewed by independent examiners. Below you can find short biographies of the key trainers responsible for our e-courses.
Professor Theo Gavrielides, PhD, is a legal philosopher and a world-known restorative justice and human rights expert. He is the Founder and Director of Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) an international institute with a mission to advance community cohesion using the values and practices of restorative justice. He also founded the IARS International Institute.
He is a Visiting Professor at the University of East London and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (REGNet) of Australian National University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology of Simon Fraser University (Canada) as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University (UK). Professor Gavrielides is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Youth Voice Journal and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice.
He is an advisor to the European Commission’s security programmes, and the coordinator of a number of EU funded research projects on violent radicalisation, migration, restorative justice, youth and human rights. He has acted as an advisor to a number of governments including the Chilean and UK Ministries of Justice, the Mayor of London, the Council of Europe and the British Council in the Middle East.
Previously, he was the Chief Executive of Race on the Agenda, as well as the Human Rights Advisor of the UK’s Ministry of Justice. He has also worked as a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
He has published extensively on various social justice issues, restorative justice, equality and race equality, human rights and youth justice. His 2007 monograph “Restorative Justice Theory and Practice” was published by the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) . In 2012, He edited “Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice”, in 2013 he co-edited ‘Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy’ and in 2015 he edited ‘The Philosophy of Restorative Justice’ both published by Ashgate (now Routledge). He also edited ‘Offenders no More’ by NOVA Publishers (2015) and ‘Restorative Justice, The Library of Essays on Justice’ (2015) by Ashgate Publishing. He also edited ‘The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice’ (2018).
Continuous Professional Development (COD) e-courses convener:
- A positive prevention approach to violent youth radicalisation: Advanced Level 2 ecourse (2022)
- Restorative Justice Art: Supporting Migrant Integration Across Europe (2022)
- Preventing cyberbullying towards LGBTQ+ youth: A restorative justice and human rights approach (2022)
- Preventing violent radicalisation in criminal justice settings: A Restorative Justice approach (2022)
- Restoring Respect through Music Education: Addressing social marginalisation (2022)
- Train the trainer to prevent gender-based violence (2021)
- Preventing gender-based violence in youth settings: restorative justice & media education (2021)
- Improving mental health through restorative justice (2021)
- Empowering migrants and refugees: Employment, IT and settlement (2021)
- Art as a restorative justice tool for mental health (2021)
- Building Youth Resilience (2020)
- Safeguarding children advanced Level 2 e-course (2021)
- Induction to restorative justice theory and practice (2020)
- Young Peer Mediators: E-course for children and young people (2020)
- Theory of Change: Learning how to measure project and organisational impact (2020)
- Fighting COVID19’s impact: Identifying and dealing with mental health issues (2020)
- Resolving conflict and addressing group violence (2020)
- Conducting youth-led research: Informing and influencing social policy (2020)
- Restorative Justice in Higher Educational Settings (2019)
- Preventing Violent Youth Radicalisation: A restorative justice and human rights approach (2019)
- Safeguarding and Empowering Crime Victims
- Becoming a young entrepreneur (2019)
- Empowering Professionals to work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Young Carers (2018)
- Transferring young carers’ skills, knowledge and experiences into employment and education (2018)
- Upskilling youth professionals to work with young people on gender-based violence (2018)
- Increasing young people’s public legal education on gender-based violence and FGM (2017)
- Empowering professionals to work with refugee and asylum seeking victims (2017)
2022: BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology – restorative justice module (University of East London)
2015: Work-based Certificate in Youth Policy (accredited through London Metropolitan University)
Ben Lyon is an experienced restorative practitioner and the Chair of the RJ4All International Institute.
In the past, he acted as a trainer and researcher on the Restorative Justice in Europe Project funded by the European Commission and has managed the CONNECT project for NACRO. Furthermore, he has acted as the Chair of the User Scrutiny Panel of Restore: London, funded by the Mayor of London. Ben has been chair of the London Restorative Justice Network and is a founder member of the Association of Restorative Practitioners (UK). He was also a member of the Home Office RJ Training and Accreditation Group, which was responsible for producing the UK Best Practice Guidelines for restorative practitioners.
His involvement with restorative justice started in 1998, following research with Thames Valley Police and attendance on the first Birkbeck College Restorative Justice course. A Metropolitan Police career led him to specialise in working with young people and youth crime in 1991. He joined the pilot Lewisham Youth Offending Team (YOT) in 1999, with responsibility for developing and delivering restorative interventions. As part of that pilot role he provided an RJ consultation facility for staff from emerging Y.O.T.s.
He has undertaken specific restorative justice conference training with Thames Valley Police, also Family Group Conference training and specific courses relevant to serious and complex cases with West Midlands Probation Service. He has provided a variety of RJ training on behalf of NACRO, IARS and RJ4All, and managed various restorative justice interventions. He is also an independent restorative practitioner and consultant.
Gabrielle Browne has become respected as a balanced and intelligent force for reform. Following her ordeal as a victim of a serious sexual assault, and an ensuing decade tackling the failings of the Criminal Justice System (CJS), she transcended the role of victim and has become an advocate for victims throughout the CJS. Gabrielle undertook training as a Restorative Justice (RJ) facilitator to better understand its benefits and to focus on getting victim and offender lives back on track. She was recently a member of the Independent Scrutiny Panel, which guided the delivery of RJ in the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC) Restore London service. She chairs the MOPAC Victims’ Reference Group and sits on the London Victims’ Board. An independent consultant on best practice to both the Home Office and the Parole Board – Gabrielle delivers training on best practice to multiple police forces and Home Office staff and is a regular contributor to news media on crime-related matters
Course instructor: Fighting COVID19’s impact: Identifying and dealing with mental health issues
Dr. Gunjan Sharma works in Psychiatry in South London specialising in Forensic Psychiatry. With strong experience working with young people, her current job involves assessing children, adolescents and young adults who present to A&E in emotional distress.
In addition to her clinical experience, she has a wealth of experience in relation to mental health helplines. While volunteering for the Nightline Association listening service between 2012 and 2017, she led a policy team to draft policies for the 36 Nightlines running in the UK, covering best practice and legally sound procedures in a variety of areas such as dealing with suicidal callers, sexual assault, abusive callers and breaking confidentiality.
She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and believes there is much more that can be done to raise awareness of mental health issues amongst young people and ultimately save a young people’s lives.