Working with Children
Restorative practices are being piloted as mechanisms for responding to issues related to the protection of children and responding to juvenile crime.
- Ben-Baruch, Suzy. Restorative Justice for Young Offenders.
- Israel chose to first apply this new approach to the justice system for young first-time offenders. Offering these youngsters a way back to a noncriminal lifestyle without carrying the label and stigma of a criminal record is very much in line with current Israel Police policy. The authorities furthermore calculated that the new approach stood a good chance of reducing the worrying and growing number of young offenders. The central institution of the new process is a Family Group Conference (FGC). The concept was first borrowed during the 1980s by New Zealand jurists, from that country’s indigenous Maoris who have employed it for centuries. Various formats of FGC have been effectively employed in other countries: England, Sweden, Canada, USA, South Africa and Australia. (excerpt)
- Gal-on-Lechno, Keren. Family Group Conferences in Youth Justice in Israel.
- Israel has been experimenting with Family Group Conferences (FGC) in Youth Justice for a number of years as an alternative for young offenders who have been blamed for breaking the criminal law. The initiators of the program in Israel are the Ministry of Public Security in cooperation with the Israel Police, the Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Joint-Ashalim organization. When project planning began in 1998-9, a key requirement was to adapt the idea from its implementation overseas (based on the New Zealand model) to Israeli conditions and needs — our particular population mix, the structure of our law enforcement system and our care and rehabilitation systems. This task was entrusted to a steering committee comprising representatives of the Ministry of Public Security, the Israel Police (IP), the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Joint-Ashalim, and the Keshet Association. By late 2000 fieldwork began, at first in only a handful of police stations; by 2002 it had been expanded to the present number of twelve. (excerpt)
- Spak, Simone. Pilot Project for F.G.C. for Child Protection in Israel
- In April 2001 the Service for Children and Youth in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Israel together with Ashalim, (The Association for Planning & Development of Services for Children and Youth at Risk & their Families) decided to launch an extensive pilot project of F.G.C. for child protection. Two previous attempts at implementing F.G.C. for child protection met with difficulties and failed. The current project invested in creating interest and trust in the F.G.C. approach as a suitable alternative method of dealing with child abuse and neglect. Eighteen municipalities all over the country were chosen to participate: cities and rural settlements in the center and the south of the country, small Arab towns in the north, and Bedouin settlements in the Negev desert. The unique aspect of this presentation lies in the application of F.G.C. in such a diversity of cultures and communities. This presentation focuses on the value of F.G.C. as a universal approach applicable in a wide range of family and cultural contexts.
- Using Family Group Conferencing in Child Protection Cases in Israel.
- Simone Spak is director of Family Group Conferencing in Child Protection, a program of Ashalim (the Association for Planning & Development of Services for Children and Youth at Risk & their Families) in Israel. In this article, she describes a pilot project to use Family Group Conferencing in child protection cases.