Children’s Homes

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

Restorative practice is about being explicit in our approach and putting relationships central to everything we do – including how we build, maintain and repair relationships.

Proactive restorative practices also build positive relationships between young people and staff and equip all with the skills to deal with conflicts and disagreements constructively.

Restorative practices in care homes can keep children out of the criminal justice system by building social skills and offering an alternative response.

Statistics show that young people in Residential Child Care are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice arena. Children in care are not necessarily more likely to offend but because of the disruptive behaviour of  the children, have resulted in a call from staff to the police in situations where a parent would try to resolve things without involving the criminal justice system.

A restorative approach can divert children in care from the criminal justice system by ensuring that the incident is dealt with by staff in such a way that both wrongdoer and those affected reach a mutually agreed way forward without recourse to the police.

"The true character of a society is revelaed in how it treats its children"    Nelson Mandela 

Research and publications

Restorative justice can drastically reduce need to restrain

How restorative justice can improve relationships in children’s homes

This booklet provides an introduction to restorative approaches and an overview of the work done in Durham County Council to implement and sustain restorative approaches in Children and Young People’s Services.

For further information about developing Restorative Practice across children’s homes or to have an initial discussion, please contact Mark on 07525 173258 or complete our online enquiry form.

Key Benefits of Restorative, Relational and Collaborative Practice

Builds community, meaningful relationships and strengthens effectiveness of teams and its resilience.

Promotes positive choices

Increases in self worth, confidence, contribution, tolerance and acceptance

Decreases in conflict, disengagement and strengthens self awareness and awareness of personal impact on others

Links between thoughts, emotions, actions

Increases in connectedness and kindness

Increases in emotional intelligence, including increases in positive emotions and also encourages expression of these emotions

Decreases in conflicts, disruptions and encourages forgiveness

Accountability and ownership

Improving social problem solving

Building interpersonal skills - , for adults and young people, staff and young people - Active listening, patience, emotional regulation

Conflicts are resolved, reducing ongoing issues

Builds empathy and understanding

People are more prepared to take responsibility for their actions

Creates clarity of language, purpose and values

Models key values

Develops autonomy, ownership and participation in decision making at various levels

Decreases re-offending

Increases the development of values such as respect, compassion and acceptance

Increases capacity for improvement

Creates the language and currency for challenge

Creates the confidence to take risks and innovate

Give vulnerable people back their power

Creates safe, respectful boundaried conversations

Encourages people to take responsibility for themselves and others

Enables people to find and express their authentic voice