Restorative Thinking (Working with Children) (April 2018)

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 re-offending
  • Increase ability of children to manage and resolve daily disputes to decrease risk of escalation
  • Increase knowledge around restorative language and concepts for children

 

 

Description:
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.


This programme was developed in collaboration with young people at Sheffield YOS, who have helped to develop the style, activities and content of the programme, in addition to the design. The programme is based on cognitive and pedagogical theory and research (with input from forensic psychologists, speech and language therapists, restorative practice and education specialists). 

The programme is designed to support justice professionals to have a ‘toolkit’ to support children to engage with restorative justice and restorative practice, approaches and provisions.

The Programme is 6 weeks long and runs for 2 hours per week. In Islington and Hackney the group runs with 6 young people (mixed sex). The programme looks at the following content:

  • Introduction to, and definitions of, restorative justice and restorative practice
  • Range of restorative practice principles and skills
  • Use of relevant case studies to explore RJ and RP in action
  • Developmental psychology and how this applies to RP on a simple, practical level
  • Healthy connections and relationships

 

 

Implementing the Practice:

  • The training that is required is either 1 day or 2 day training (depending on prior RJ/RP training of the group)
  • The programme has an annual Licencing Agreement attached, providing on-going wrap-around support for trained staff, feedback forms for QA, annual updates (new resources to support delivery
  • based on emerging literature and thinking around restorative justice and restorative practice)
  • The programme in Hackney and Islington was founded by Hackney CYPS
  • The training is essential in order to be able to use the manuals and resource packs
  • The follow-up action planning session (post-training) was deemed as important and invaluable by all YOTs
  • Programme is being run with both pre and post court children in Hackney and Islington
  • The programme can be run with a group or on a 1:1 basis with children
  • Hackney and Islington are looking to expand the target audience to looked after children (in care homes) as well as schools due to the success of the programme

 

 

Contacts:

YOT: Hackney YOS and Islington YOS
Name:

Hackney/Islington– David McLean

Email:

Islington/Hackney- david.mclean@islington.gov.uk

Source Organisation: Restorative Thinking
Name: Lesley Parkinson
Email: Lesley@restorativethinking.co.uk
Web: www.restorativethinking.co.uk
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