Restorative Justice at LEAP

Restorative Practice

Restorative Practice is a way of approaching conflict and repairing harm.  It encourages everyone involved to understand what has happened following an incident and what can be done to make things better. It gives the person who has caused harm an opportunity to take responsibility for their behaviour.  It gives the person who has been harmed an opportunity to explain how they feel and help the process of moving forward.  It is a fair way of approaching conflict that focuses on cooperation, respect and a reduction in future harm.

These are the Restorative questions that staff should ask following a disagreement or dispute:

1.         What has happened?

2.         Who has been affected?

3.         How do you feel and what do you think?

4.         How can we make it right?

Restorative Practice is based on four principles:

RESPECT- listening and valuing others thoughts, feelings and opinions

RESPONSIBILITY-taking responsibility for your own actions

REPAIR- discussing how to repair harm that has been caused to others

MOVING FORWARD- drawing a line under events and learning how to move forward positively

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