“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 http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2014/feb/04/restorative-justice-reduce-restrain-young-offenders
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
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