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
Facilitators 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.  When training complete and facilitator able to manage a case independently as a lead or co-facilitator there is a per-diem rate paid for each case facilitated.

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, complete the application form and forward to Debbie Leitch, Program Coordinator at: debbie@rrdrestorativejustice.ca

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