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.

The Restorative Justice Council is an independent third sector membership body that promotes quality restorative practice for everyone. It raises public awareness and confidence in restorative processes. You will find a number of interesting case studies around restorative justice in the community here.
Summary:  This framework provides a structure within which to review the effectiveness of processes for Restorative Justice facilitators and their supervisor. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Aims: Designed predominantly for use by the Restorative Justice facilitators and their supervisor, but relevant to any/all situations in which face to face restorative processes are being planned. Ensuring that all…
Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: no     Aimed at: The flash cards have been specifically designed to engage victims of crime and support the restorative officer to explain what the Service is able to offer, including; restorative meetings and reparation opportunities for the young person.     Intended Outcomes: To engage more victims in the restorative justice process (both…
Age: 14-18 Sex: n/a Cost: yes     Aims: Engage young people in restorative practices and approaches Support young people to start looking at some of the impact of their actions on others Support young people to start reflecting on themselves and their actions, the events leading up to an incident, and the consequences.     Description: The programmes can…
Victim Support have produced information, guidance and resources for young people who have been affected by crime. The resources also support parents and professionals who work with children and young people. There is also a section featuring an Interactive Courtroom to prepare young people appearing at court as a witness.  
The Victims’ Commissioner has completed their review into Restorative Justice (RJ). The first report, A question of quality: a review of restorative justice Part 1 – service providers highlights what service providers said about the quality of RJ services available to victims. It found that the number of victims who had taken part in RJ was low compared to the…
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none   Aim: To support young people to start considering the impact of their actions on their victim/s   Description: This resource is designed to assist young people in the preparation, planning and production of a letter of apology. It is designed to be used in 1:1 sessions with young people.The resource supports young people…
The Restorative Justice Council have published a guide for practitioners exploring black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children’s access to, and experiences of, restorative justice. The guide is based on the findings from an eight-month research project "Restorative justice and black, Asian and minority ethnic children in the youth justice system (YJS)". The research was funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust…
The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, sets out the services that must be provided to victims of crime by organisations in England and Wales.  
Age:  n/a Sex:  n/a Cost:  n/a     Aims: Ensure that there is a specific process in place to support restorative justice practitioners Ensure that there is a specific process in place to support staff that undertake restorative practices such as conferences on an occasional basis     Description:The attached supervision framework has been created to support managers to ensure…
Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Support staff at a quick glance to be aware of process and next steps when working with victims     Description:The crib sheet attached show cases the key elements and what to do in each stage around contacting victims and the appropriate responses based on the victim engagement. Attached there is…
Summary: A report by the Restorative Justice Council which looks at exploring the scale, nature and causes of BAME children and young people being less likely to access restorative justice than their white peers     The Restorative Justice Council has published Restorative Justice and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Children in the Youth Justice System: A Restorative Justice Council…
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