Restorative Practice involves the building of positive relationships and establishing a supportive environment that is fair, consistent and democratic. The underlying principle is that relationships are important, and when a harmful or disruptive incident occurs the focus is on the harm caused to the relationship and the subsequent repairing of that harm.
Learning and teaching is a social experience. We can no longer separate “curriculum” from “wellbeing”. Our responsibility is to teach our young people how to be citizens of the world and to be life-long learners. Schools working toward a restorative approach focus on:
- giving voice to the person(s) harmed and allowing an opportunity for their needs to be met
- giving voice to the person(s) who caused the harm and allowing an opportunity to make amends
- engaging in collaborative problem-solving – allowing all those affected to be engaged in the process
- enhancing responsibility
- empowering change and growth through acknowledging responsibility