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.

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

What we can deliver:

  • Staff training (whole school staff or groups of staff – e.g. TA’s, Pastoral Staff, Midday Meal Supervisors)
    • Basic introduction to restorative approaches twilight session (90 minutes)
    • half day (3 hours; in addition focus on skills and link to current systems of practice)
    • full day (6 hours; in addition focus on skills, link to current systems of practice, reflection on practice and practical application
  • Skills based restorative training course (3 days) focusing on gaining a full understanding of restorative approaches, application, techniques including conferencing and policy development. This training course has been approved by the Restorative Justice Council (RJC).RJC approved training logo
  • Young Person’s Restorative Approaches Practitioner Training (RAPT) Click here for more information (link to 2.6)
  • Peer support panels
  • Peer facilitation training
  • Additional Support
    • Bespoke training sessions for parents
    • Governor training
    • Restorative approaches conference facilitators for high level conflict
    • A restorative ‘health check’ for schools and educational settings to establish any gaps in a whole school approach
    • Support in action planning for a restorative school
    • Access to multi-agency restorative approaches forums

Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice (City & Guilds)

We are also able to offer the City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice to professionals working with children and young people.

Our involvement in the co-ordination of this first official accreditation in restorative justice has meant that our practitioners meet a set of common National Occupational Standards in restorative principles which enables us to carry out our work with a mark of quality assurance that is nationally recognised in this field.

This list of services is not exhaustive, and we are able to design bespoke packages of training and support based on identified need. If you are interested in introducing restorative approaches in your school or would like more information please contact us.

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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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