Preventing violent youth radicalisation: A restorative justice and human rights approach

Preventing violent youth radicalisation: A restorative justice and human rights approach

This FREE CPD accredited e-course aims to train, teachers, youth workers and other professionals working or volunteering in formal or informal educational settings.

It uses the values and practices of restorative justice and human rights in order to build their knowledge, skills and capacity when working with children and young people at risk of marginalisation, group violence and violent radicalisation. This course is particularly useful for teachers in primary and secondary education in the UK, and is funded by Southwark Council as part of the Positive Futures programme.

Successful completion will lead to CPD (Continuous Professional Development) Certification. You will be able to download your Certificate at the end of the course receiving 10 CPD units/ credits.

Where young people take part and are registered with one of our Erasmus+ funded projects, YouthPass Certification is also provided.

The e-course can be paused as many times as you need, and completed in your own time. It takes approximately 8 non-stop hours to fully complete all modules and take the test. Additional reading material are also provided for further learning and research.

Target Groups

  • Teachers in primary and secondary schools as well as academies and colleges
  • University staff
  • Young people
  • Practitioners working in the community to prevent the violent radicalisation of young people
  • Parents especially with children who are risk of being groomed into gangs and violence
  • Youth workers in formal and informal settings
  • Youth organisations
  • Youth policy makers.

Learning Objectives

  • Induct into the restorative justice theory and provide a critical overview including case studies of implementation
  • Increase the skills and knowledge of practitioners working or volunteering in formal and informal educational settings on the use of restorative practice, positive psychology and the Good Lives Model especially within the context of violent youth radicalisation
  • Increase the knowledge of educationalists and youth workers on violent youth radicalisation and implementing alternative positive approaches for prevention
  • Build resilience and knowledge that will ultimately lead to preventing youth violent radicalisation.
  • Practise the learning through case study workshops and test the overall knowledge, skills and experience through a CPD accredited exam.

Course Curriculum


Professor Gavrielides is a leading international expert in restorative justice, human rights and youth justice. 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). He has acted as the course convener of the following accredited e-courses: Continuous Professional Development e-courses: Induction to restorative justice theory and practice (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 educational settings. (2018) Upskilling youth professionals to work with young people who had experienced 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) Academic Courses: 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.