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The RJ4All Annual International Conference 2022

January 24-25

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Parliament Chamber and Queen’s Room, Ashley Building, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9BT
Pandemic no More: Overcoming gender-based violence, exclusion and mental health challenges

Conference Theme 

It is about time that we stop hiding behind screens and start meeting real people again! This conference aims to do just that by reuniting cultures, minds and hearts through the values of restorative justice. 

 

The world has experienced one of the most devastating pandemics, causing multiple consequences for our health, social justice and educational systems. As we get to grips with COVID19’s aftermath and how we can support our communities in the years to come, this international conference brings together some of the world’s leaders to provide evidence-based solutions on four key overlapping challenges:

    • Gender-based violence in the context of young people
    • Mental health, restorative art and violence
    • Migrants’ integration and community cohesion
    • Racism, anti-semitism and hate crimes.

The bridge that connects all these challenges is our proposed evidence based solutions that draw from the values and practices of restorative justice. This two day conference will present the findings from three Erasmus+ projects that we have been running for over two years with several European partners. It will also present cutting-edge research by scholars from across the world in the format of workshops and plenaries. The results of the conference will be published in the form of an e-book by RJ4All Publications.

Sir Bob Neill MP for Bromley & Chislehurst, Chairman Justice Select Committee, RJ4All Patron said: 

“COVID19 along with the many health and socio-economic challenges presented us with new forms of violence. The RJ4All International Institute is responding to an urgent need for evidence based policy reforms by holding this international conference. I am happy to support them as one of their Patrons and a keynote speaker”

For any questions regarding the event including bookings and media: RJ4All Annual Conference <rjconference@rj4all.org>

 

*The event will be held at The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple*

*This venue is closed to the general public*

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Registration, CPD Certification and Call for Abstracts

RJ4All is proud to offer this timely event for free. Donations are encouraged to allow us to continue delivering our charitable mission. We will be providing breakfast and lunch during the event.

A Call for Abstracts has been released allowing delegates to take part in the workshops. The deadline for submitting your application is 19th January 2022.

Delegates who attend the event will receive a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) certificate. For the CPD certification, registration and full attendance are mandatory. Certificates will be sent to registered delegates after the event. We encourage students, junior researchers and those without experience in presenting at academic conference to submit an abstract.

COVID19 UK Government regulations & info pack

From Sunday 9 January, eligible fully vaccinated travellers and over 5s will be able to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR.

There is no longer a requirement to self-isolate for 2 days nor to take a PCR test prior to arrival in the UK. For more information and evidence of the changes to UK travel guidelines please follow these links:

    • Pre-departure testing removed for vaccinated travellers – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
    • Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 Your airline should be able to provide you with additional information or visit the UK government website for more information on test providers.

The event is restricted to only vaccinated individuals. A COVID19 Vaccination Certificate that complies with EU standards will be requested as part of the registration process.

London is one of the world’s most visited city and we look forward to welcoming you! An info-pack has been prepared with recommendations on accommodation and inland travel.

Bursaries (now closed)

RJ4All is pleased to offer a limited amount of bursaries to international participants. These will be offered on a first-come basis and provided that the following conditions are met:

Conditions for the bursary:

    • Bursary up to €400; no receipts needed; boarding passes will be requested; payment to be made after the event
    • Only for non-UK based participants who have registered with the event.
    • Sign in and out of the event – Attendance on both days.
    • Those presenting at the conference, or who provide evidence of disadvantage will be prioritised.
    • Deadline for applying: 4 January 2022. If the abstract had not already been accepted, then it will need to be submitted with the application. We are sorry to impose a restriction on those who do not hold a COVID19 Certificate of vaccination recognised by the EU. Electronic copies will need to be submitted with the application. 

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Conference Agenda

Programme 24th Jan 22

Chance for change

Gender-based violence, youth & hate crimes

9:00-9:30: Registration, coffee & networking

9:30-10:00: Welcome from the event chairs – Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides (RJ4All Founder & Director) and Cllr Nick Johnson (RJ4All Chair)

10:00-10:20: Keynote 1: ‘Wind in our back’? A new framework for youth work throughout Europe” – Dr. Howard Williamson CVO CBE FRSA FHEA (Prof of European Youth Policy, University of South Wales and RJ4All non-executive director, UK)

10:20-10:30: Q&A

10:30-10:50: Keynote 2: “A voice, a choice, a chance for change” – Dave Walker MBE (Director of CALM Mediation, UK)

10:50-11:00: Q&A

11:00-11:30: Coffee & networking

11:30-12:30: Parallel workshops

Group 1: Erasmus+ “A Chance for Change” project (in Parliament Chamber)

Chaired by Ayo Akinolugbade (RJ4All Fitness & Centre Manager)

    • RJ4All (Dasia Ngundam-Bohi)- UK
    • OTI (Theo Mavrosavva) – Cyprus
    • Epimorfotiki (video) – Greece
    • ASAD (video) – Italy
    • GIDE (Corinna Bartoletti) – France
    • Universidat de Huelva (Daniela Jaramillo-Dent) – Spain

Group 2: “It is all about youth” (in Queen’s Room)

Chaired by James Walker (RJ4All non-executive director)

    • “Restorative justice in youth settings” Kate Haywood
      (Senior Lecturer Youth Work/Youth Justice 
      University of South Wales, UK)
    • “The Use of Telegram for Non- Consensual Dissemination of Intimate Images: Gendered Affordances and the Construction of Masculinities” –  Silvia Semenzin (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
    • “New Tools for the Prevention of Dating Violence in Teens and Young People: Virtual Reality Interventions at Home and In the Classroom” – Tania Johnston (IDIPAPS – Spain)

12:30-13:30: Lunch & networking (in Queen’s Room)

13:30-14:30: Parallel workshops

Group 3: “The power of education” (in Queen’s Room)

Chaired by Anna Simon (RJ4All Project Officer)

    • “7 Ws for Youth Media Competence Related to Gender-Based-Violence” – María Amor Pérez Rodríguez (Grupo Comunicar – Spain)
    • “A Charter for students’ rights in the school” – Penka Wood (Rhodopaea – Balkanica Assosiation – Bulgaria)
    • “Using Digital Media to Lead Student Discussions About Identifying Relationship Abuse” – Emily Segal (RJ4All Senior Project Officer – UK)

Group 4: “Hate, bias & Intolerance: Steps to reunite” (in Parliament Chamber)

Chaired by Dr. Theo Gavrielides (RJ4All Founder & Director) and Theo Mavrosavva (OTI – Cyprus)

    • “Hate speech through hashtags: how Instagram allows discrimination content” Sabina Civila de Dios (Huelva University, Spain).
    • “Haters on TikTok: Violent Behaviour and Hate Speech Towards Influencers with Disabilities” – Monica Bonilla del Rio (Alfamed Joven – Spain)
    • “The spectrum of hate: A positive prevention strategy” – Prof. Theo Gavrielides (RJ4All Founder and Director)

14:30-15:00: Keynote 3: “Flying Against Gravity: A Human Rights approach to child and family poverty and why it matters” Liza Dresner (Outreach Manager for 4in10 London’s Child Poverty Network, UK).

15:00-15:30: Keynote 4: “Have you voices heard: Walking the talk” – Ben Lyon (RJ4All Vice President) and Dasia Ngundam-Bohi)

15:30-16:00: Closing remarks – Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides (RJ4All Founder & Director) & Cllr Nick Johnson (RJ4All Chair).

Programme 25th Jan 22

Restoring Respect Project

Migrants’ integration, mental health & violence

9:00-9:30: Registration, coffee & networking

9:30-10:00: Welcome from the  event chairs – Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides (RJ4All Founder & Director) and Cllr Nick Johnson (RJ4All Chair)

10:00-10:20: Keynote 1: “Skills for living, skills for healing: A place for creativity in rehabilitation and recovery from harm” Dr Gerard Drennan (Chair of the Restorative Justice Council & Head of Psychology & Psychotherapy South London & Maudsley NHS)

10:20-10:30: Q&A

10:30-10:50: Keynote 2:  “Justice and Policy”- Sir Bob Neill MP for Bromley & Chislehurst, Chairman Justice Select Committee, RJ4All Patron

10:50-11:00 Q&A

11:00-11:30: Coffee & networking

11:30-12:30: Parallel workshops

Group 1: Erasmus+ “Restoring Respect Project” (in Parliament Chamber)

Chaired by Miriam Arntz (RJ4All non-executive director)

    • RJ4All (Dasia Ngundam-Bohi)- UK
    • CSI (video) – Cyprus
    • EDRA (video) – Greece
    • ICSE (video) – Italy
    • Fundacion Altius (video) – Spain

Group 2: “Mental health & healing” (in Queen’s Room)

Chaired by Emily Segal (RJ4All Senior Project Officer)

    • “Messages of the Self: Workshop Group Art Activity” – Zsuzsanna Geréb and Mandula Valachi,(LOKA – Hungary)
    • “Reframing Justice” Elisa L. Iannacone (Reframe House – UK)
    • The Fragility of Refugee Law and Restorative Justice for Involuntary Migrants” Eno-Akpa Rene Nkongho (The Virtual University of Uganda, Uganda)
    • 12:30-13:30: Lunch & networking

Programme 25th Jan 22

Mental Health Matters

13:30-14:30: Parallel workshops

Group 3: Erasmus “Mental Health Matters” project (in Parliament Chamber)

Chaired by Juozas Kelecius (RJ4All Project Officer)

    • RJ4All (Juozas Kelecius)- UK
    • CSI (video) – Cyprus
    • EDRA (video) – Greece
    • Fundacion Intras (video) – Spain
    • LOKA (Georgia Nicolau)- Hungary
    • “Mental Health Matters in practice: Stories from the users” Jurgis Kelecius and Remigija Keleciene (Lithuania)

Group 4: Victims & Violence Prevention” (in  Queen’s Room)

Chaired by Ayo Akinolugbade (RJ4All Fitness & Centre Manager)

  • “Women in prison and the construction of the self” Emily Segal (RJ4All Senior Project Officer)
  • Mobilizing against extremism through countering and diverting radicalization of young people” project –  Victoire Montet (RJ4All Intern, UK)
  • “Prison Communication Through Covid: Women in the UK Penal System” – Francesca Burt (Trainee Lecturer in Criminology)

14:30-15:00: Keynote 3:  “What difference have we made, when all is said and done?” Simon Chambers, Senior Advisor for the British Council UK National Agency for Erasmus+

15:00-15:30: Keynote 4:  Introducing restorative justice art” Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides (RJ4All Founder & Director)

15:30-16:00: Closing remarks – Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides (RJ4All Founder & Director)  Cllr Nick Johnson (RJ4All Chair)

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