Ever wondered what it's like to work in the justice sector?

Now's your chance...

Starts 5th Oct

Durham Police Headquarters

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Getting into Criminal Justice

From Dog Handler to Covert Operations,  from CSI to Witness & Victim Care, modern criminal justice careers come in a wide variety of interesting and exciting roles.

And if you've ever thought of working in criminal justice, our Skills for Justice Level 4 Diploma is the

best preparation for your new career.

We'll equip you with core knowledge and skills that apply right across the sector - such as risk assessment, effective communication, reading body language and offender profiling. What's more, you'll get direct insight into justice sector work, going behind the scenes to handle real conflicts and live cases involving victims and offenders.

6 reasons to consider a career in Criminal Justice...

1. There are plenty

of jobs

Recent government investment in police and prisons mean justice careers are on the rise, so market demand is high for suitably skilled and qualified candidates.

2. You can change   someone's life

Whether it's resolving a conflict, helping a victim find closure, or saving an offender from a life of crime, justice careers allow you to make a real difference in people's lives.

3. Professional     Development

Your employer will invest in your training throughout your career to help you stay up-to-date and on top of your game.

4. There are a variety  of roles available

Whether your interest lies in tactical firearms, counter terrorism, fast car chases or caring for sexual abuse victims - there's a career to suit everyone.

5. The Perks

The average salary  in the justice sector is currently £34,886 - rising to £60,177 for supervisory positions (source: Indeed). You'll also benefit from great conditions and a generous public sector pension.

6. Job Security

Criminal justice is one of the best industries for long-term job security

due to the simple fact that there will always be people who break the law.

Deciding whether a criminal justice career is for you takes thoughtful consideration. But if a passion for justice and an interest in both your community and job security appeal to you, then working in the justice sector may be exactly the career you've been looking for.

Who is the programme aimed at?

Do any of these apply to you?

Have you recently left uni, but need experience to get your foot in the door?

Are you in work, but thinking about a career change?

Are you looking to get back into work after a period of unemployment, sickness or raising a family?

Or would you simply like to make a difference and give something back,

by volunteering in the justice sector?

Yes? Then the course is for you!

Did you know?

To secure the career you want, you'll need 3 things...

Professional Qualification

You need the knowledge and understanding to perform your

role competently and confidently.

Our Lvl 4 Diploma gives you just that.

Real-world Experience

Employers need to know you've the skills and experience to do the job. So your placement will provide you with real people and real cases to handle.

Networking and

Key Contacts

They say success comes down to who you know, not what you know. And there's no better way to get yourself known, than to work alongside people already in the job.

Our programme cleverly combines all 3

to give our students the competitive edge.

What will you learn?

The course is accredited by Skills for Justice, the Sector Skills Council for the Justice Sector. It is designed to give you the core skills, knowledge and competencies that will enable you to excel in justice sector jobs.

The course centres around Restorative Practice –

a concept at the heart of modern justice careers.

You’ll learn evidence-based approaches that are proven to resolve issues and promote lasting change and rehabilitation. On completion of the course, you'll receive the coveted Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice. This high-end qualification means that not only will you have gained valuable justice skills and experience, but you'll also leave the course as a fully qualified Community and Restorative Justice Mediator. This will give you access to Restorative Justice and Mediation jobs, as well as criminal justice careers.

You'll learn Essential Skills for the Justice Sector, including...

Effective Communication


Victim Awareness

Conflict Resolution

Coaching, CBT & Solution-focused Approaches

Listening, Reflecting and Summarising

De-escalating Hostility and Aggression

Working with Warmth, Care & Compassion

Mediation & Restorative Justice

Inclusive and

Non-judgemental Practice

Handling People with Empathy & Sensitivity

And much more...

Your Placement

Awesome experience awaits you...

When you join the course, you'll get the crucial first-hand experience you've been waiting for - as you work with victims, offenders and members of the wider public through a volunteer placement with the Durham Police & Crime Commissioner's Restorative Hub.

With the support of experienced mentors, you'll handle cases directly from the police, prisons, probation, courts and community; including neighbour disputes, community mediation and restorative justice casework. You'll liaise with justice sector colleagues, manage your own cases, and gain enormous pride and satisfaction from rehabilitating offenders, assisting victims, and resolving complex situations with challenging individuals. It's an opportunity to truly make a difference in people's lives - which is exactly what criminal justice is about after all.


What doors can the course open?

After graduating from the course, you'll be skilled and competent in the essential skills and personal qualities required for justice sector work. You'll have worked and gained experience in the sector, and become familiar with colleagues in the field. So much so that several of our students have received job offers while still training. 

The course has an excellent reputation among employers locally. We are known for producing capable, high-calibre graduates who can be trusted in key positions.

And unlike universities, we don't flood the market with hundreds of qualified students competing for the same few posts. Rather, we train in small groups (of 8-12) and invest heavily in your success - which is why 90% of our students achieve their career goals.

And it's not only justice sector employers that value these skills.

Our students have also gone on to establish successful careers in mental health, social services, drug rehabilitation, housing and education, to name a few.

More Info...


The taught course starts on 5th Oct and ends in June. We meet every Tuesday evening during term-time (6-9pm), and on 6 Saturdays (8.30am-4.30pm). Following the taught course, you’ll have another year (if you need it) to complete your placement and portfolio. We’ll continue to meet monthly (on a Monday evening) to assist you.


There are no formal entry requirements, and the course is open to all ages (18+) and levels of experience. You will be required to produce assignments to a level 4 standard (equivalent to the first year of a degree), but if you have been out of education for some time, we'll help you get up to speed.

Contact us

Further questions, or want to chat?

Feel free to email, call or pop in...

Email training@restorative-iq.org

or call Andrew on 0300 800 9000


The training is held on police premises, in easy-to-reach locations (Durham and Thinford Roundabout, Spennymoor).


The course is part-time, and both the training and the placement are designed to be flexible, and fit easily around your existing work and other commitments.


Full details of the course can be found in our prospectus here.

The Sector's Best Value Training

The course runs as a non-profit public service, so the low fee simply covers our running costs. *And you can spread the cost over

two years by paying in weekly or monthly instalments. A low-interest loan option is also available for students on low incomes.

And of course, our fees are tiny compared to your earning potential once employed, with the average salary

in the justice sector currently standing at £34,886 - rising to £60,177 for supervisor positions (source: Indeed).

See how we compare to other accredited mediation courses in the UK:


Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors 

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Chartered Institute of Arbitration




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Skills for Justice Accreditation

Full Level 4 Qualification

Includes a Placement 

Career Planning Mentor Support

Skills for Justice Accreditation

Full Level 4 Qualification

Includes a Placement 

Career Planning Mentor Support

Full Level 4 Qualification

Skills for Justice Accreditation

Full Level 4 Qualification

Includes a Placement 

Skills for Justice Accreditation

Full Level 4 Qualification

Includes a Placement 

Career Planning Mentor Support

Skills for Justice Accreditation

Full Level 4 Qualification

Includes a Placement 

Career Planning Mentor Support

Career Planning Mentor Support

What do our students say?

Kath Keenan

Violence Reduction Officer,

HMP Durham

“The course was absolutely brilliant and truthfully, is the best course I have ever attended and one which has so much potential to be transformative in so many ways. I feel incredibly lucky to have been involved in one of the best events of my entire career.”

Kev Gamblin

Adult Mental Health Services,

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

“This course is one of, if not the most valuable piece of training that I have ever been involved with in 23 years of being a social care worker. I have been involved with a lot of statutory and compulsory training and have yet to be as enthused as I am of seeing the value of restorative approaches. I can already feel the difference with patients – this course has given me a whole new approach to the way I engage with them.”

Hazel Neasham

Head of Housing,

Darlington Borough Council

“I loved my Restorative Practice training, and firmly believe it should be mandatory for all council officers early in their career, as it has the power to transform the way we work with clients, as well as our relationships with colleagues and teams.” 










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