Restorative Approaches

What are Restorative Approaches?

Restorative approaches are based on the principles of restorative justice with the focus on building, maintaining and repairing relationships. It provides pupils with essential life skills around dealing with conflict and harm, building support while allowing them to be fully accountable for their behaviour.

The approach recognises and encourages the contributions of parents/carers, school staff and children and young people in building relationships. Where there is harm, it involves all those affected by an incident and finds ways to move forward that reduce resentment. This is an incredibly powerful tool for schools in terms of managing behaviour, but also enhances and strengthens community cohesion.

Approaches include restorative meetings, discussions, peer mediation, classroom circles, restorative language and restorative conferencing.

Our experience:

In 2008, we launched a pilot scheme for schools wishing to embed a restorative culture. The schools that implemented this as a whole school approach were able to evidence the following:

  • Reduction in exclusions and the need for internal sanctions
  • Increased attainment and attendance
  • Reduction in disruptive behaviour
  • Increase in staff confidence in resolving conflict
  • Reduction in staff sickness/absence
  • Positive change in school ethos

Several of the pilot scheme schools are still examples of good practice in embedding restorative approaches throughout the school culture. We have since delivered training and support within primary schools, secondary schools, academies, Special schools, children’s residential services and for fostering agencies across the South East and other parts of the UK. We work closely with the Restorative Justice Council and adhere to their best practice guidance. Several members of staff are on the RJC’s National register for accredited practitioners, which indicates the level of quality and standards in our work.

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‘Salus is a Registered Training Provider with the Restorative Justice Council, and adheres to the RJC Trainers Code of Practice’

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"Restorative approaches have contributed towards a calmer environment around school. There is a lot more talking and listening now, rather than shouting and blaming."

Deputy Head Teacher


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