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This training is being made available to primary and secondary school educators, (including management, teachers, SNAs and auxiliary staff) who have either completed an introductory Restorative Practice (RP) training course, or who have a sound understanding of the principles of Restorative Practices and have attended an RP workshop or seminar. It is not an introductory course to RP.

The training will be based on, and incorporate elements of, the ‘Facilitation Skills’ course, currently offered by The Childhood Development Initiative, (CDI) in Tallaght, Dublin 24. 

The training will take place, on-line, between March and May 2022, over 8 x two-hour sessions and will provide participants with the opportunity to develop their understanding of RP interventions; and specifically, to observe and practice the facilitation of:

  • Restorative Conversations: including a recap on the use of restorative language to have a conversation with someone around a specific issue of concern, challenge, or affirmation.
  • Restorative Circles: to establish positive relationships, and build better ones; and to address challenges, resolve problems in groups and repair harm.
  • Restorative Meetings: to resolve conflict between individuals and in small groups;

The training will also explore the role of the RP facilitator, and the skills and attributes required, to facilitate Restorative Practices. Additionally, participants will gain an understanding of how Restorative Conferences work. 

Restorative Conferences tend to be used less often within the education system, compared to other RP approaches. However, the skills required to facilitate conferences, underpin all RP approaches.

The ‘Developing Restorative Practice Facilitation Skills,’ course will be facilitated by Andy Battell.



Andy worked for many years as a Training Consultant with both the NHS and Social Services in the London and South-East England areas. He devised and delivered training, to staff working with people with learning disabilities, and worked directly with service users themselves. Using pro-active approaches, he also coached and mentored staff to support service-users, who displayed behaviour that seriously challenged services.

After moving to Waterford in 1999, Andy managed The Pathways Project for 11 years, with the Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service, providing mentoring supports and Progression Programmes to Early School Leavers. He then managed the School Completion Programme (SCP) Na Siúire, in Waterford City and South Kilkenny, for 7 years.

In 2011, Andy became a Certified Trainer, with the International Institute of Restorative Practice (IIRP) and in 2016, a Certified Trainer of Trainers. In 2014, he co-founded the Waterford Restorative Practice Network.

Andy joined the Childhood Development Initiative in 2017, as a Quality Specialist and has facilitated all CDI’s training, and training of trainers’ courses, both face-to-face and online; notably, with a number of schools in Munster. Between 2019 and 2021, he was involved in the writing, co-delivery and assessment, of an online Professional Training in Restorative Practices (TReP) course, as part of an Erasmus+ programme.

For the last 10 years, Andy has also, devised and delivered a number of QQI Level 4, 5 and 6 courses, with asylum seekers and refugees, in Waterford City and currently works with the Mukisa Project.

Course Details

Course Date 17-03-2022 6:30 pm
Course End Date 19-05-2022 8:30 pm
Registration Start Date 15-12-2021
Capacity 12
Registered 1
Cut off date 14-03-2022 5:00 pm
Individual Price €50.00
Speaker Andy Battell
Select Hours 16
Location ONLINE (via ZOOM)

Eircode - X91 XD98


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