Role of the RJ Facilitator

Description
Trained volunteers facilitate restorative justice processes which bring together the victim, the offender, their families, supporters, and/or the community for a discussion about the incident, how it impacted all involved and how the harms caused can be repaired.

Two facilitators are assigned to each case- one who acts in a lead role and one who acts in a supporting role.

Responsibilities/Duties of Facilitators include:

  • Interview the person harmed and offenders and their families or support persons
  • Facilitate case conferences
  • Write the resolution agreement and summary reports
  • Attend monthly facilitator meetings
  • Attend ongoing and relevant training, education workshops, and learning events
  • Participate in the Rural Red Deer Restorative Justice Program promotional and other public relation activities.

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Experience in conflict resolution (an asset)
  • Ability to treat all individuals involved with respect and fairness
  • Objectivity
  • Effective organization and time management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check (CFSA) required

Commitment

  • Volunteers are asked to commit from 2 to 15 hours per month for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Participate in monthly virtual Facilitator meetings to review and debrief cases and engage in other learning activities.
  • Facilitate 1-3 cases/year as a lead or support facilitator.
  • Participate on the Community Advisory Committee which meets virtually every other month for 1.5 hours.


Training
Volunteers will receive a comprehensive orientation to the role that includes Restorative Justice Training and mentoring followed by monthly learning activities and other training opportunities as they present.   

Additional information

  • Individual case preparation, interviews and facilitation may range from 6-12 hours/case for the lead facilitator and 2 hours/case for the support facilitator.
  • Facilitators must be able to travel within a 50 km radius of Blackfalds to support interviews with persons harmed and offenders.

If you are interested in becoming a facilitator with the Rural Red Deer Restorative Justice Program, contact Debbie Leitch, Program Coordinator at: debbie@rrdrestorativejustice.ca

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