We are delighted to welcome Tim Chapman, the Chair of the Board of the European Forum for Restorative Justice to the Rites of Man show with Ian Lynch on Sunday 21 February 2021. We will be discussing Tim’s lifetime of work helping people restore peace in their lives and communities, and of his findings on what works to help prevent and restore men from living a life of harm, crime and its effects.
Tim is originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland, although he spent his early years in Nigeria which he describes as being happy days before going away to boarding school, where he experienced feelings of loneliness and abandonment. He studied hard and subsequently gained a law degree (LIB Hons University of Warwick), a certificate of Qualification in Social Work and a MSc in Applied Social Studies (Ulster University).
After a lengthy career (1972-1999) in the Probation Service rising to a senior management position (Assistant Chief Probation Officer), Tim established CTC Associates, an independent research and training consultancy and for ten years until 2019 was also a lecturer and course director of the Masters programme in Restorative Practices at the University of Ulster. Together with Hugh Campbell, Tim was commissioned by the University of Ulster to research and design the practice guidelines for the Restorative Youth Conference scheme for the youth justice system in Northern Ireland. This approach to restorative justice with young people has been recognised internationally for its quality and effectiveness. Several hundred restorative justice facilitators in Northern Ireland have been trained in this approach since 2003. In 2010 the course developed into a Masters in restorative Practices in Ulster University. Through this programme social workers, youth workers, teachers, police officers and probation officers have been trained to a high standard to practice in a variety of social, community and judicial contexts. This has included families, schools, local communities, organizations, crime prevention, drug use, courts, policing, probation, youth justice and prisons, and has delivered high quality training in many countries throughout the world.
Tim was the principal investigator in Northern Ireland in a major research programme funded by the European Union Framework Programme 7 which involved six European countries. This programme. ALTERNATIVE, examined the contribution of restorative justice to justice and security experienced by communities affected by conflict in an international context. The project was concluded in 2016 and his findings have been published by Routledge.
He has published widely in the field of crime, criminal justice and restorative justice and offers training, research and consultancy in restorative practices, and as well as being Chair of the European Forum on Restorative Justice, he is acting consultant on a major European project on polarisation led by the European Forum for Urban Society.