About the Trainers:
Christine Parker (owner of Unity Restorative Practices) is an MII certified mediator with a professional working background in the UK criminal justice system and the Irish voluntary sector. A qualified member of the Institute of Legal Executives (UK) and member of the Restorative Justice Council (UK).
Christine worked in a private law practice before joining the British Police force in 1993 as a senior officer (civilian) within the criminal justice department. Christine undertook further training in Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice to include TWCDC ‘train the trainer’, the prison-based Alternative to Violence Programme (AVP) and Victim Offender Mediation (VOM). Christine chaired Offender Reparation Panels of the Restorative Justice Services scheme, run in conjunction with the Probation Service of the Department of Justice. More recently Christine has successfully completed the TQUK level 3 award for Education and Training along with several CPD training modules. Unity Restorative Practices was awarded funding through NOVUS to provide RP courses to residents at HMP Highpoint. This bespoke programme, which is fully accredited and recognised under a Prison Service Order, provides participants with the tools and skills to effectively mediate conflict between other residents within the establishment. The success of this programme awarded Unity Restorative Practices the ‘Governors Special Recognition award’ and HMP Highpoint’s ‘Community Partner Amends award’ Unity Restorative Practices has gone on to provide similar training at HMP Warren Hill and plans to roll the training out to other establishments around the country. Unity Restorative Practices is registered with the MOJ DPS, ProContract procurement portal (Proactis) and NOVUS DPS (LTE Group)
John Whitehead began co facilitating training delivery in Restorative Practices (RP) in 2018, initially in the community and later within prison settings. He is an accredited trainer and co-owner of Unity Restorative Practices and is the company’s co-ordinator for the AQA Unit Award scheme.
With a background in I.T, he maintains the company’s on-line presence, website, database, DPS systems and all presentation materials.
John has incorporated his Life Coach training in his Restorative Practices work. With a passion for research, he has written bespoke RP modules and assessment protocols for accreditation purposes for all new learners. His ‘person centred’ approach to training delivery has earned him praise from learners and institutions alike culminating in a Community Partner Award, for the company, from the Governor HMP Highpoint.