Steering Committee

RPI Steering Committee Members 2018:

Catherine Ashe RP Consultant
Claire Casey Childhood Development Initiative
Ursula Fernee The Probation Service
Ruth Giltenane Tusla
Vera Hogan Mediation Institute of Ireland
Darren Howlett Garda Siochána
Christine Hunter Restorative Practices Forum Northern Ireland
Dan Hurley Camasú Centre
Jim McGrath Netcare
Mary Montague Restorative Practices Forum Northern Ireland
Catherine O’Connell Facing Forward
Kieran O’Dwyer RP Consultant
Richie Walsh RP Champion
Joanne Quinn Restorative Practices Forum Northern Ireland
Marian Quinn Childhood Development Initiative

 

Role and Purpose of the RPI Steering Committee:

  • To promote restorative practice as a key approach to prevention and early intervention within the context of a life cycle approach;
  • To develop the potential for restorative practices to support inclusion within communities and across sectors;
  • To identify potential for collaboration and joint developments;
  • To work collaboratively with other structures and organisations, particularly the Northern Ireland Restorative Justice Forum;
  • To develop capacity, systems and infrastructures which support the growth and evolution of restorative practices, as well as build their sustainability;
  • To progress and support locally based accreditation and training options;
  • To offer those interested in the strategic development of restorative practices a space for reflecting, crystallising, sharing and deepening understanding.

 

Terms of Reference for RPI Committees:


Finance and Sustainability Committee TOR:


 

Overall Purpose

To ensure that RPI is adequately funded, fulfils its financial accountability obligations and develops long-term sustainability.

 

Objectives

The Finance and Sustainability Committee will:

  • Seek support from Government departments and agencies
  • Source core funding for the establishment and on-going operation of RPI
  • Identify other sources of funding
  • Develop the membership base (in tandem with Events and Communications Sub-Committee)
  • Oversee appropriate financial reporting.

 

Membership

The Chair of the Committee is: (Interim: Kieran O’Dwyer)

 

Reporting                      

The Chair of the Committee will report to the RPI Steering Committee on progress, issues and plans, in line with RPI Strategy.

 


Governance Committee TOR:


 

Overall Purpose:

To drive and support the establishment of Restorative Practices Ireland (RPI) as an independent company with charitable status.

 

Objectives:

The Governance Committee will:

  • Identify and progress the legal and regulatory requirements in order for RPI to be registered as an independent company and achieve charitable status
  • Collate, review and revise all required and relevant policies and procedures
  • Coordinate the sign-off process in relation to key company documents (e.g. Articles of Association)
  • Oversee the establishment of processes to enable the introduction of membership fees.

 

Membership:

The Chair of the Committee is: Dan Hurley.

Other members are:

  • Ruth Giltenane
  • Claire Casey.

 

Reporting:

The Chair of the Committee will report to the RPI Steering Committee on progress, issues and plans, in line with RPI Strategy.

 


Communications Committee TOR:

 


 

Overall Purpose

To liaise with members and the wider public about RPI and RP and to coordinate and disseminate information about RPI events and opportunities.

 

Objectives

The Communications Committee will:

  • Develop and implement a communications strategy
  • Ensure that the wider membership group is informed about and contributes to communications activities e.g. newsletter, website, blogs,
  • Plan and coordinate events e.g. conferences and regional events
  • Develop and design awareness building opportunities for the general public about RPI and RP e.g. videos, articles via social media, and website
  • Develop and grow the membership base.

 

Membership

The Chair of the Committee is Catherine O’Connell.

 

Reporting

The Chair of the Committee will report to the RPI Steering Committee on progress, issues and plans, in line with RPI Strategy.

 


Quality Assurance Committee TOR


 

Overall Purpose:

To develop and support the integration of quality assurance standards, processes and systems across RPI membership – including individual practitioners and restorative organisations.

 

Objectives:

The RP Quality Assurance Committee will:

  • Identify existing quality assurance processes and promote their utilisation
  • Support the integration of quality assurance systems across all membership organisations
  • Map relevant accreditation systems and identify sustainable opportunities for development
  • Offer guidance to and oversee the work of the Course Endorsement Panel.

 

Membership:

The Chair of the Committee is Catherine Ashe.

Other members are:

  • Jen Little
  • Catherine O’Connell.

 

Reporting:

The Chair of the Committee will report to the RPI Steering Committee on progress, issues and plans, in line with RPI Strategy.


Research Committee TOR


 

Overall Purpose

To map and conduct research on RP activities in Ireland, evaluate their impact and disseminate information on best practices and other research.

 

Objectives

The Research Committee will:

  • Gather and disseminate case studies, activity data and impact evidence
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of RP in Ireland, in tandem with the QA Committee
  • Gather and disseminate RP research and best practices from around the world
  • Devise a process of evaluation of RPI’s impact.

 

Membership

The Chair of the Committee is Kieran O’Dwyer.

Other members are:

  • Su Kavanagh
  • Michelle Stowe

 

Reporting

The Chair of the Committee will report to the RPI Steering Committee on progress, issues and plans, in line with RPI Strategy.