Hearing the voices of Victorian conferencing practitioners: views on neutrality

Author(s)Douglas, Kathy, Sager Nadia, and Field, Rachael
Title Hearing the voices of Victorian conferencing practitioners: views on neutrality
Source Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 21, 3 August 2010, p163
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage Victoria, Australia
Summary The aim of this study was to explore conference facilitators' views on neutrality, its importance to them in their work and their views on how it can be achieved. Facilitators from Victoria were interviewed for the study in 2006. The results showed that overall neutrality was an issue but there was little uniformity about how they perceived neutrality and how they dealt with the concern in their practice. Facilitators expressed confidence in their ability to be neutral although they were unable to be consistent in describing the meaning of neutrality. There was some support for ongoing training to assist with conferencing facilitators' neutrality. This study was a small study of a now expanded program and the authors recommend a larger study, to cover all states in Australia, and to include training as well as practice of facilitators.
Keywords Conferencing; criminal justice system; neutrality
Topic Restorative justice