Understanding Restorative Approaches - Lincolnshire Secure Unit (2018)

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



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 to make amends for the harm caused.

It was recognised that some conflict will arise in the unit and it was felt that a restorative process is the most appropriate means to achieve resolution. It was felt that children could also gain an accreditation for some of the work that would be taking place anyway. The award allows children to achieve a recognised and accredited qualification and evidences that they have been able to take responsibility for their actions and repair some of the harm caused to others. The programme is used as part of the restorative process and preparing children for meaningful restorative approaches, ensuring they understand what it involves. The programme has been moderated by one of the ASDAN assessors and published on the ASDAN Lifeskills Challenges website.


The programme has three core learning outcomes:

  1. Learning Outcome One: helps chidlren to understand what 'restorative justice' means, Children are asked what they think it means and who could use it.
  2. Learning Outcome Two: asks children to discuss five different ways that someone can make amends for causing harm to others and three examples of scenarios where a restorative approach may be appropriate.
  3. Learning Outcome Three: involves taking part in a restorative process and thinking about their feelings before, during and after, who was affected by their behaviour and what outcome was agreed to by all parties.


The programme is generally run in one or two sessions, after which the restorative meeting or chosen approach takes place, after which another meeting takes place to complete learning outcome three.  The programme is generally run on a 1:1 basis.



Implementing the Practice:

  • Staff that run the sessions must be trained in Restorative approaches
  • Children are referred to the programme by their case manager
  • Staff have to be familiar with the programme, they do not need to have received specific training to run this programme




Establishment: Lincolnshire Secure Unit
Name: Lucy Creedon
Email: lucy.creedon@lincolnshire.gov.uk