Waterford Restorative Practices Network

A.     Service overview and contact details 

Focus of restorative justice (RJ) and restorative practices (RP) activities 

WPRN is a network of representatives of many statutory, community and voluntary agencies who are experienced RP practitioners and trainers who promote RP and provide training and development opportunities.

Year of commencement (RJ/RP elements)  


Service details

Waterford Restorative Practices Network (WRPN)

Unit 2, Block 4

Lacken Road Business Park



Website: http://www.wrpn.ie/ 

Email: info@wrpn.ie 

Tel: 051 379740 

Head of service 

Ken Sauvage, Chair

Email: ceo@treoportlairge.ie

Tel: 087 225 0938

Staffing structure

WRPN is made up of voluntary representatives from statutory, community and voluntary organisations, including the Garda Síochána, Tusla, Waterford Public Participation Network, the Probation Service, Treo, Barnardos, Waterford and Wexford Education & Training Board and Le Chéile Mentoring Service.  

Staff training in RJ/RP

The network of RP trainers and facilitators is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds with diverse restorative justice and restorative practice backgrounds and qualifications. They have provided training voluntarily to people from a range of statutory, community and voluntary agencies in the past. 

Twelve practitioners completed Trainer of Trainers courses with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and six with the childhood Development Initiative (CDI). They have delivered various training courses independently since.

Use of volunteers 

Trainers: 14

Volunteer training in RJ/RP

Trained as RJ/RP trainers

Main source(s) of funding

Not applicable

Annual budget 

Not applicable

Nature of funding

Not applicable

Organisational status 

Network of members with no formal legal status.

Target client group 

Waterford City and County communities.

Source of referrals

Not applicable

Geographic area of activity

Waterford City and County.

B.     Nature of RJ/RP service

RJ/RP services provided

Support for RP training, workshops: WRPN has a pool of RP practitioners and trainers who promote RP within their agencies but also externally with multi-agency training and development. Trainers are IIRP- and CDI-accredited and deliver the following training courses:

  • 1-Day RP Practitioners training
  • 3-Day RP Facilitators training
  • RP Circles training.
  • RP Training of Trainer courses

Regular RP tutor, certification and implementation workshops are facilitated to learn how people are using RP in their own everyday settings. These workshops provide opportunities for community learning and have led to some refining of subsequent RP support and training by WRPN. 

Activity levels

Trainings completed 

2015 2016
1-Day RP Practitioners Training 17 61
3-Day RP Facilitators Training 94 39
RP Circles Training 18 26
Total 129 126

Community participation 

Not applicable


More than 600 professionals in Waterford received accredited training between 2014 and 2019

C.     Sources of further information 



Treo Port Láirge