Restorative approach

Restorative approach/practice is a way that gives the victim (or those harmed) and opportunity to meet or communicate with those that have created the harm. Restorative practice can take many different forms from mediation, to shuttle mediation to a restorative meeting or an apology letter, one size does not fit all.

It is fundamental that children are supported to consider the impact on others of their actions and behaviour, and where appropriate start repairing some of the harm caused. However, that can only take place once the child is safe from harm, otherwise there are risk of harm to both the child and their victims.

This section of the Youth Justice Resource Hub is concerned with guidance, tools and interventions to help support children on their journey take responsibility for the harm caused and start making steps towards repairing some of the harm caused.

Summary: The programme detailed below aims to support children in understanding what 'Restorative Justice' means, and that there are different restorative solutions to making amends. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: yes for ASDAN     Description: Lincolnshire Secure Unit (Secure Children’s Home), is a restorative unit where the focus is to resolve conflict within the unit restoratively and support children…
Summary: Information regarding a leaflet and feedback form that is provided to all victims, at Bristol Youth Offending Team, that provides an overview of the restorative justice options that may be available to them. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a       Aims: Encourage victim participation     Description: Bristol YOT have created a leaflet and a feedback form that…
Summary: Restorative Thinking – working with children that have offended is a programme aimed at children to support them to understand restorative justice (RJ) and restorative practice (RP), how to manage daily challenges and provides children with skills to desist from further offending. Age: 10-17 years Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Aims: Support children to gain skills to avoid…
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