Defence representatives in restorative engagement
As a Defence representative, you can help those who experienced sexual misconduct by listening to and acknowledging their experience. You can also develop leadership and communication skills, learn how to engage authentically in difficult conversations and engage in broader institutional initiatives. You can lead meaningful and sustainable change to address sexual misconduct and build a Defence Team in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.
How can I participate as a Defence representative?
If you would like to participate in the Restorative Engagement program as a Defence representative, you can ask your chain of command or your supervisor to nominate you.
Once nominated, Restorative Engagement program staff will contact you to:
- discuss the program and your role
- answer related questions
- help determine suitability for the program
Defence representatives from all ranks and levels, environments and occupational groups are needed for restorative engagement.
What can I expect as a Defence representative participating in restorative engagement?
You will be assigned to a cohort of 8 defence representatives, including one senior officer or senior non-commissioned officer and one current or former senior official from the Department of National Defence. Restorative practitioners will facilitate individual and collective activities with you and your cohort.
As part of a cohort, you will participate in:
Preparation and relationship building
- Explore and reflect on:
- Your knowledge, understanding, and experience of sexual misconduct
- Your assumptions and biases
- Your role within the institution and its culture
- Participate in restorative dialogue processes to build relationship within the cohort and develop shared understanding of:
- the causes and impacts of sexual misconduct and institutional failure,
- the systemic and endemic nature of sexual misconduct in the organization
- what effective remedies for wrongdoing require
- what it means to take a trauma-informed and restorative approach
- Acquire the knowledge, skills and capacities necessary to support and engage with each other and with persons who have been affected by sexual misconduct without causing further harm.
Learning and understanding
- Directly or indirectly listen, acknowledge and respond to individuals’ experiences of sexual misconduct and related insights
- Reflect on, share, and debrief those engagements with your cohort
- Collectively identify and analyse lessons learned about the sexual misconduct and what needs to change
Planning and action
- Plan and implement culture change initiatives at the individual, group, and organizational levels
- Participate in identifying lessons learned about the restorative approach
- Design and implement a plan to:
- share about your experience with restorative engagement
- support capacity building through outreach and onboarding of new cohorts
- engage in broader institutional initiatives for culture change
What is the time commitment?
You can participate in the Restorative Engagement program full-time for a 3 month commitment or part-time for a 6 month commitment. Part-time participation could mean half-days or weeks on and off throughout the 6 months. There will be a defined work schedule.
Depending on interest and availability, Defence representatives can retain restorative engagement as a secondary duty following their initial commitment. We expect an ongoing commitment where possible for continued outreach, knowledge transfer and culture change.
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