Restorative Practice

Restorative Practice is a process that resolves conflict. It promotes telling the truth, taking responsibility and acknowledging harm. At The Carlton Junior Academy, we use restorative approaches to create a harmonious learning environment where pupils are able to self-regulate their own behaviour.

Restorative approaches are based on three key features:

– RESPECT: for everyone by listening to other opinions and learning to value them

– RESPONSIBILITY: taking responsibility for your own actions

– REPAIR: developing skills to identify solutions that repair harm and ensure behaviours are not repeated

Restorative approaches when implemented in a whole school approach:

Develop – emotional literacy, conflict resolution skills, truth recognition, accountability & responsibility

Improve – behaviour, attendance, learning & teaching

Increase – empathy, happiness & positive life skills

Reduce – conflict, bullying & need for sanctions

When faced with a conflict, the following questions will be used with the children to reach a resolution.

To ask the harmer:

What happened?

What were you thinking about at the time?

What have your thoughts been since?

Who has been affected by what you did?

In what way have they been affected?

What do you think needs to happen next?

To ask the harmed:

What happened?

What were you thinking about at the time?

What have your thoughts been since?

How has this affected you and others?

What has been the hardest thing for you?

What do you think needs to happen next?

By using these restorative questions participants will:

Develop – truth telling skills, responsibility & accountability

Learn about – real impact of actions & consequences

Be able to – make amends, show remorse, change behaviour & agree a way forward

Benefits of using restorative approaches to the person who has been harmed.

The person who has been harmed will:

~ Have an opportunity to participate in a process that they are central to

~ Have their say

~ Take back some control of their situation by choosing to participate

~ Ask any questions

~ Have an apology

Benefits of using restorative approaches to the person who was responsible for the harm

The person who has caused the harm will:

~ Learn about the harm they caused

~ Acknowledge that harm

~ Explain what happened

~ Have the opportunity to apologise

~ Attempt to repair the harm caused

~ Reduce  re-offending

So in school we hope that Restorative Practice will help pupils resolve conflict, build trust and prevent harm.

Watching this video will let you see some school children explaining what Restorative Practice is.

https://restorativejustice.org.uk/resources/restorative-practice-schools

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