VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF A RESTORATIVE APPROACH IN OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES:
- Equity of voice
- High expectations and support = doing things “WITH” one another and not “TO” or “FOR” them
- Building and sustaining positive relationships
- Inclusive decision making
- Community building and sustaining
- All members of the community are valued
- Authentic listening and sharing
- Non-punitive response to wrong-doing
- Shared responsibility
Benefits of Restorative Approaches in the School Setting
- A safer, more caring environment.
- A more effective teaching and learning environment.
- A greater commitment by everyone to taking the time to listen to one another.
- A reduction in bullying and other interpersonal conflicts.
- A greater awareness of the importance of connectedness to young people. The need to belong and feel valued by peers and significant adults.
- Greater emphasis on responses to inappropriate behavior that seek to reconnect, and not further disconnect young people.
- Reductions in fixed term and permanent suspensions and expulsions.
- A greater confidence in the staff team to deal with challenging situations.
Restorative Practices reduce disproportionality in discipline, and help schools better support all students. Restorative justice has deep roots in indigenous peacemaking.