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.